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Conservation group applauds Teck
Flathead Wild, a coalition of conservation groups in B.C., Alberta and Montana, is praising today’s announcement by mining giant Teck that it has purchased three parcels of land in the southeast corner of the province for conservation.
Teck purchased the former Flathead Townsite, a riverside 1,000-hectare parcel important for bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout as well as grizzly bears and birds. Teck also bought a second parcel of approximately 1,200 hectares in Alexander Creek on the north side of Highway 3 adjacent to the Alberta border. The Alexander Creek parcel is critical for wildlife connectivity, allowing wide-ranging species such as grizzly bear and lynx to make their way from Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, across Highway 3, to Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks. Additionally, Teck purchased land at Grave Prairie, an important wintering area for elk.
“We’re very excited that Teck has made a significant investment to purchase and work towards conserving this important wildlife and fish habitat,” said Wildsight Executive Director John Bergenske.
“We look forward to continuing to work cooperatively with Teck on the details for the stewardship framework for these lands,” said Harvey Locke, strategic advisor to the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y).
The Flathead Wild coalition is calling for more permanent protection for B.C.’s Flathead River Valley, which provides rich habitat for species including grizzly bear and a wide variety of bird species, and is a vital link in the continent’s longest remaining wildlife corridor. Flathead Wild also includes Sierra Club BC, CPAWS BC, Headwaters Montana and the National Parks Conservation Association.
The conservation groups have long advocated for a National Park in the southeastern one-third of the Flathead, to fill in the missing piece of the adjacent Waterton-Glacier World Heritage Site. They also call for a Wildlife Management Area in the rest of the Flathead River Valley and adjoining habitat.