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UNESCO Calls for Mining Prohibition in Flathead River Valley

A UNESCO World Heritage report is recommending a permanent prohibition on mining in the Flathead River Valley.

UNESCO recommends that a single conservation and wildlife management plan be developed for the entire trans-boundary Flathead region.

The report says the adjacent Waterton Glacier International Peace Park should be declared a World Heritage Site in Danger if plans proceed for a controversial Flathead coal strip mine.

The report, written after a September World Heritage mission to the Flathead, follows a petition to the World Heritage Committee by Wildsight, CPAWS, Sierra Club BC and eight other Canadian and American conservation groups.