The Royal treatment for the Flathead

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Flathead Mining Ban Gets Legislation in B.C

It’s a great first step! The Flathead Wild team is delighted to report that we can now put a check mark in permanent ink beside the first of three steps towards full protection of B.C.’s Flathead River Valley. Last week, the British Columbia government's “Flathead Watershed Conservation Act” received 'Royal Assent' and became provincial law. The act puts B.C.’s entire Flathead River Valley permanently off limits to all mining and oil and gas development.

 
“We’re very happy that the Flathead energy and mining ban has become law, but the act itself is prevention, not conservation as its name suggests,” said Casey Brennan, Southern Rockies Program Manager for Wildsight. “To permanently protect the Flathead we need a National Park in the southeastern one-third of the valley and a Wildlife Management Area in the rest of the valley and adjoining habitat.” 
 
 
All of us on the Flathead Wild team want to thank you for your help in making this important achievement possible. We could not have done it without your support!
 
We now have an unprecedented opportunity to fill in the missing piece of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, with a National Park in the southeastern one-third of B.C.’s Flathead. A Flathead National Park will become part of the Waterton-Glacier World Heritage Site and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.
 
We also need a Wildlife Management Area to connect Waterton-Glacier to Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks along the spine of the Rockies. B.C.’s Flathead is a vital link in the continent’s longest remaining intact wildlife corridor.
 
Momentum for permanent Flathead protection is growing and we look forward to celebrating more successes with you in the coming months. Please share the good news with all of your contacts and ask them to join us in the effort to protect one of the most ecologically important places on earth.