In the ongoing effort to protect Canada's precious wilderness, it's important to pause occasionally and recognize the progress we've made. Conservation is a marathon, not a sprint, so we're keen to acknowledge victories big and small.
Our biggest success in 2009 was being a part of the successful campaign to expand and protect the Nahanni in the Northwest Territories. The recently expanded Nahanni National Park Reserve and World Heritage Site now protects over 30, 000 square kilometres along the Northwest Territories' South Nahanni River, making it Canada's third-largest National Park.
The June 2009 announcement of the final park boundaries crowns years of hard work by CPAWS, the Dehcho First Nations, Parks Canada and others to permanently protect the iconic wilderness of the South Nahanni watershed.
In February 2010, during the provincial throne speech, the BC government announced a ban on all oil, gold and coal extraction in the Flathead River Valley.
The ban is the third of five steps towards total protection of the Flathead River Valley. The fourth step involves setting up a wildlife management area that will ensure wildlife can travel freely along a protected north-south corridor more than 1000 kilometres in length. The relationship between these two countries is an integral part of the fifth step - the creation of an International Peace Park that crosses three borders: British Columbia, Alberta and Montana.
Our work on the Flathead isn't done, but this is an important step toward protecting the region forever.