Y2Y and our partners in the Flathead Wild campaign are calling for a National Park in the southeastern one-third of the Flathead and a Wildlife Management Area in the rest of the valley and adjoining habitat.
British Columbia’s (B.C.) Flathead River Valley forms a critical link in the continent’s longest-remaining wildlife corridor from Montana’s Glacier National Park to Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks. It provides an intact landscape for grizzly bear and other species moving between Canada and the U.S. In 2011, we had a big step forward when B.C. legislated a ban on energy and mining development in the Flathead. But we still do not have permanent protection of this valley, and it is threatened by ongoing industrial logging and road-building.
The Flathead is one of the last unsettled low-elevation valleys in southern Canada, and offers prime wildlife habitat. Water in the Flathead River is so pure that scientists use it as a benchmark by which to measure water quality in rivers around the world. Grizzly bears, lynx, fishers, wolverines and bull trout – species that are threatened elsewhere – find a secure home in the Flathead. The density of grizzlies here is greater than anywhere else in North America’s interior, and the Flathead contains 40 per cent of all plant species found in B.C.
Protecting the Flathead permanently will fill in the missing piece of the adjacent Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a World Heritage Site and two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, and provide the first wildlife sanctuary in southwest B.C. Protecting it will conserve a vital corridor for wildlife moving north and south through the Rocky Mountains.
WHAT Y2Y IS DOINGY2Y is a key member of the Flathead Wild team, an international coalition of conservation groups that seeks permanent protection for B.C.’s Flathead River Valley in the form of a National Park in the southeastern one-third of the Flathead. We are also working to secure a Wildlife Management Area in the rest of the valley and adjoining habitat that will protect and connect a vital wildlife corridor between Banff, Alberta, and Whitefish, Montana, along the spine of the Rocky Mountains.
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