Two Wins for BC's Flathead Valley
Teck Resources Ltd. recently announced it will purchase 17,668 ac (7,150 ha) of private lands in B.C.'s Elk Valley and Flathead River Valley for conservation purposes.
Teck’s $19 million purchase consists of three blocks of land:Undeveloped Flathead Townsite - This riverside land is important for bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout, as well as for grizzly bears and birds.
Alexander Creek - Located along the Alberta-B.C. border 10 kilometers east of Sparwood, this large parcel is critical for wildlife connectivity. The purchase will help wide-ranging species such as grizzly bear and lynx make their way from the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and World Heritage Site, across Highway 3, to Canada’s Rocky Mountain Parks.
Grave Prairie - About 10 kilometers southeast of Sparwood, this parcel is an important wintering area for elk.
Y2Y will work cooperatively with Teck on the details for the stewardship framework for these lands
In Montana, the Whitefish Range partnership – a private citizen’s group – concluded more than a year of negotiations in late October.
The negotiations resulted in a unanimous proposal for forest management in the national forest portion of the North Fork of the Flathead. It includes a recommendation that 83,200 acres (33,669 ha) be designated as wilderness, and 100,000 acres (40,468 ha) designated for road-less backcountry use.
“This is the first time that a full spectrum of forest users has sat down to talk about their interests and have come to an agreement,” said Dave Hadden, executive director of Headwaters Montana, one of Y2Y’s partners in the Flathead Wild campaign.