New tourism development threatens Flathead wilderness

Fernie, BC -- The wilderness and wildlife in B.C.’s Southern Rockies are under threat by a new proposal for a long-term tourism operation in one of the most remote corners of the Flathead River Valley, warn conservation groups with the Flathead Wild coalition. The proposed development would involve building backcountry lodges and guest cabins and operating a year-round tourism business right in the heart of one of southern BC’s last remaining wild landscapes, threatening grizzly bears, wolverines, and wildlife of all kinds.

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Defend the Flathead from Tourism Development

akamina_adventures.jpegDeep in the far reaches of the BC Flathead Valley, a land use application has been quietly filed for two backcountry lodges, just outside the boundaries of the remote Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park. The lodges, along with 22 cabins, horse corrals and 49 kilometres of trails for guided tours, would fragment core habitat and threaten grizzly bears, wolverines, mountain goats and bighorn sheep roaming between Canada and the US.

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Transboundary Environmental Coalition calls for halt to new mines in Canada’s Southern Rockies

In light of recent charges brought against Teck (TSE:TECK.B) under the Fisheries Act for fish deaths resulting from the failure of their selenium treatment plant in 2014, the Flathead Wild Coalition is renewing their call for a halt to new coal mines in BC’s Elk River Valley.

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Wildlife Values Continue to Erode while Mine Approvals Move Forward

The existing mining operations in the Elk Valley are struggling to meet the targets set out in the EVWQP. Meanwhile, the Province continues to entertain an ever growing list of new mine proposals: Bingay, Crown Mountain, Loop Ridge, Tent Mountain, Michel Head, Crowsnest Pass Coal, the Elko Project and South Hazel. It's time for the BC Government to create a balanced land use plan that protects wildlife habitat. 

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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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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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Friends of the Flathead - Harvey Locke

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