Hands Across Borders: Protecting Wilderness, Promoting Peace

In 1932, two parks on different sides of an international border came together to become Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the first of its kind in the world. This week, people will stand in the park on both sides of the Canada-US border and hold hands across lines, symbolizing friendship and renewing a shared commitment to work together for transboundary conservation. 

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A Day in Grizzly Country

Grizzly GulchMy best adventure stories usually start with bad decisions. As lightning strikes  around us I can’t help but think that we should have stayed home. The forecast called for severe thunderstorms but that didn’t deter our ambitions. We’re headed into Grizzly Wide Pass in the heart of the wild and globally significant Flathead Valley. The tiny guides trail through an old growth Spruce Forest has become a stream as hail pelts our Gore-Tex. Further up, the trail becomes less wet and animal prints become visible in the mud. A perfect grizzly print lies beside a wolf imprint.

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Government inaction puts wildlife at risk in the East Kootenays

Last July, the premier of B.C. directed the environment minister to “work with the Minister of Energy and Mines and the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations to provide options to cabinet on a wildlife access corridor in southeast B.C.” We were thrilled to see this in the minister's mandate letter, as this area is critical to wildlife movement in the Rockies and is facing numerous urgent threats from resource development.

Yet almost a year has passed with no action on this. In the meantime, the threats have escalated, mostly due to forestry and mining.

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The Obama-Trudeau Dinner: Putting Conservation on the Menu

On March 10, President Obama will hold a State Dinner at the White House for Prime Minister Trudeau, the first time such an event has been held for a Canadian leader in 19 years. In an open letter issued today, conservation groups from both sides of the border are calling on the leaders to use this opportunity to discuss the protection of the Flathead River Valley in southeast British Columbia.

"Saving the Flathead is the single greatest opportunity for US-Canada conservation cooperation today, and I hope our leaders use this event to discuss how to accomplish this once and for all," said Peter Wood of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

 

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Mark Worthing: Connecting the dots on conservation in B.C.

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Dave Hadden Friends of the Flathead

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John Bergenske - Friends of the Flathead

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Harvey Locke Opens "Flathead Wild Art Exhibit" in Kalispell

The Museum at Central School in Kalispell will host the Grand Opening of a history and conservation-related art exhibit on Thursday, November 12, from 5 to 7 PM.  Harvey Locke, who conceived and co-curated the exhibit, will speak at 6 PM during the opening event.

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Friends of the Flathead - Harvey Locke

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Friends of the Flathead - Sarah Cox

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