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March 1, 2010     Volume 4


An Olympic Victory for Glacier
National Park Conservation Association
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British Columbia:  Glacier National Park won a victory during the Olympics. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell signed an historic agreement in Vancouver. The agreement promises to protect the Transboundary Flathead River Valley from mining, oil and gas extraction-- FOREVER.  

This is great news. The wild, unsettled Canadian Flathead valley is just upstream from Glacier. It provides critical habitat for Glacier's wildlife including grizzly bears, wolverines, elk, and mountain goats.

The agreement follows many key milestones:
A decision by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to send a fact finding mission to the area to investigate proposed mining operations
A visit to the Flathead River last summer by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
An announcement by Montana Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) to permanently protect ALL federal lands in the U.S. portion of the valley from future oil and gas extraction

The NPCA, First Nations, conservationists and others in the U.S. and Canada worked for over 35 years to protect the Flathead Valley. I

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