Elk Valley Branch News

New Elk Valley Branch office in Fernie

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Wildsight Elk Valley has opened an office in Fernie. ... Read more »

Green war brewing over ‘fracking’ for gas

British Columbia’s nex ... Read more »

Elk River on endangered list again

The Elk River has been named the ninth most endangered river in the
province, in a list compiled by the Outdoor Recreation Council (ORC).

The Elk River was eighth on the list last year and 12th in 2009, when it first appeared on the list.

The ORC blamed development, increasing selenium levels and wildlife migration issues for pushing the river into the list. ... Read more »

Elk River makes BC's Endangered River List

For the third straight year the Elk River has made it on the list of British Columbia's most endangered rivers.  Citing concerns about development, increasing selenium levels and wildlife migration issues, the Elk River came in at 9th place on this years list.
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American Lawn Activist Returns to Canada

Appearances to mark 20th Anniversary of First Pesticide Ban ... Read more »

Ban Elk Valley CBM, before it conjures up a fracking nightmare

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CBM production uses technology that’s been banned in Quebec, New York and France.

What involves deep drilling, creates large volumes of waste water and unleashes chemical cocktails? What makes tap water flammable and prompts provinces, states and countries to ban it?

If you said fracking, you’re right. ... Read more »

B.C. should follow Quebec's lead on fracking

On Tuesday, Quebec banned hydraulic fracturing, a method used to
extract unconventional gas that is also known as "fracking.”
British Columbia’s new Premier-designate, Christy Clark, has extolled
the virtues of natural gas as part of BC’s clean energy future and wants
to increase exports of oil and gas. Given the frightening experiences ... Read more »

Fraccing decisions in Quebec raise questions about B.C.’s approach

On Tuesday, Quebec's
Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) recommended
a pause on hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in the province until the
potential health and environmental impacts are better understood. Shortly after ... Read more »

SOS: Save Our Snowpack

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What glaciers in the Columbia Basin can tell us about snowpack ... Read more »

Inspiring Wolvernie Conservation

A biologist is coming to Fernie to talk about wolverines and to try to stop their decline.

Doug Chadwick followed the fascinating animals for five years
in Montana’s Glacier National Park, and is passionate about protecting
them. ... Read more »

Conservation group chips in for Flathead Valley protection

Wildsight says more still needs to be done to completely protect area

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC} and The Nature Conservancy (TNC - the U.S. branch) announced funding of $9.4 million this week to help remove major threats to the Flathead River Valley. ... Read more »

Wolverine Way tour tearing through town

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Wolverine Way tour tearing through town

Doug Chadwick followed this gnarly critter for five years—learn what he learned ... Read more »

Former officials call for park protection

Eight former park superintendents are pressing the U.S. and Canadian governments to pass protection for areas adjacent to Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes National Park just across the border.

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UNESCO Warns of Threats to Rocky Mountain Wildlife Connectivity

National Park in lower Flathead would help address World Heritage Committee concerns ... Read more »

UNESCO Report Recommends Increased Flathead Protection

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World Heritage Committee mission report calls for new measures to protect Flathead wildlife, plants and water ... Read more »

UNESCO World Heritage Committee to Release Flathead Valley Report

Flathead Still Under Threat from Clear-Cut Logging and Quarrying, Say Conservation Groups ... Read more »

Fernie Citizens Rally against BP drilling in BC's Rockies

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Fernie, B.C. — Residents of the idyllic Rocky Mountain town of Fernie, B.C. demonstrated against BP’s Mist Mountain coalbed methane project today. Nearly 200 people turned out for a rally against the contentious project, which could cover 320 square kilometres of B.C.’s southern Rockies. ... Read more »

Go Wild trip dates announced. Sign up here today!

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Are you aged 14 to 18? Join Wildsight for a six-day guided wilderness adventure

School’s out and many kids are moving inside to play video games, surf the web and watch TV. Wildsight is offering Go Wild Youth Adventure hiking trips for youth aged 14 to 18 to help offset the trend. ... Read more »

UPDATE: BP has already started exploratory drilling program in the Rockies

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This is an update to the recent release titled “BP gets British Columbia dri ... Read more »

BP gets Elk Valley drill license three days after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

No announcement, Fernie office shut, website mute: is this continual public consultation? ... Read more »

New webpage brings gardens and gardeners together

Got extra garden space? Want to garden but don't have space? Shared Gardens is the place to make the connections.

Fernie, B.C. — Gardeners and gardens unite! ... Read more »

Flathead Valley: a Wild thoroughfare

Recap from last week: The trio has crossed the Wigwam headwaters and climbed Couldrey Ridge. At last, they enter the Flathead Basin …

DAY FOUR ... Read more »

Could Flathead Valley be Canada's next national park?

Lost in the cloud

This ecologically essential corridor along the U.S.-Canada border is home to the highest concentration of inland grizzlies in Canada. ... Read more »

Elk Valley Branch Report

2009-2010 annual report ... Read more »

Elk River rises on danger list

From the Free Press:

Increasing selenium levels from mining have landed the Elk River in the top ten of a list of the province’s most endangered rivers for 2010. ... Read more »