Funds would save wilderness area on U.S.-Canadian border from drilling and mining

Conservation groups announced last week that they have mobilized more than $10 million in public and private funds to protect British Columbia’s Flathead River Valley, a wilderness area spanning the U.S.-Canada border, from mining and oil and gas development.

The region, nicknamed the “Serengeti of the North,” is home to grizzly bears, bighorn sheep and many other species.

Nature Conservancy Canada and The Nature Conservancy in the United States helped spearhead an initiative that raised $5.4 million from the Canadian government and $2.5 million from the private equity firm Warburg Pincus to protect 400,000 acres.

“This incredible landscape is not only home to diverse wildlife, but it also supplies clean drinking water to tens of thousands of people and supports local economies through outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing,” said Mark Tercek, The Nature Conservancy’s chief executive and president.

Flathead Valley had become a cause celebre among environmentalists and photographers, some of whom launched a 2009 campaign with the Sierra Club to halt proposed mining operations there.

Juliet Eilperin

Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments

Sign up for email updates from the "Confronting the Caliphate" series.

You have signed up for the "Confronting the Caliphate" series.

Thank you for signing up
You'll receive e-mail when new stories are published in this series.
Most Read National



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.