In 2009, the Federal Government expanded the Nahanni National Park Reserve protecting the land within it. The land the river flows through is protected forever but the source of the river, the headwaters, is not. That's why a proposal has been put forward to protect the South Nahanni River Headwaters and complement the Park Reserve.
"I grapple with a deep fear that we as a species will only tragically recognize our arrogance in how we destroyed this planet's ability to sustain us only once it is too late. A song is just a song - it's not going to change the world. But maybe if enough songs and voices can join together in the same chorus, we can somehow wake ourselves up from this self-destructive slumber. I remain hopeful."
With the help of Wildsight BC, I came across this gem of a report by the Sonoran Institute called "You've Come A Long Way, Cowboy: Ten Truths & Trends in the New American West." The Institute is based across the United States mid-west and carries out environmental research in an effort to influence public policy and conservation.
Ryland, not everyone knows what the Flathead is, can you tell me more about it?
The Flathead River has some of the purest water in the world and is home to rare and endangered species. It's found in B.C.'s southeast corner and flows into Glacier National Park in Montana. For the past three years, the Flathead has topped the B.C. Outdoor Recreation Council's list of the province's most endangered rivers. That's because of nearby energy and mining proposals that threaten water quality, including one proposal for a coal strip mine that would dump 300 million tonnes of slag and pollutants into a Flathead headwaters stream.