The BC Government continues to approve extensions and entertain new open pit coal mine proposals in the Elk River watershed, an integral part of the Southern Rockies wildlife corridor. Last week, Teck’s Baldy Ridge extension was approved, opening up new mining areas for Teck Coal’s Elk View operations. The Elk Valley provides core habitat for Rocky Mountain wildlife and is part of the critical connectivity corridor connecting the wild Flathead Valley to Banff-Jasper National Parks.Read more
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.Read more
My 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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more