Controversy began 1n 1974-

Well what a cause for celebration this is!  I can remember I was just starting to explore the wild country as a young man back in 1974 when Sage Creek Coal proposed a big coal mine on Cabin Creek, a tributary to the North Fork of the Flathead.  In 2008 I was standing in this incredible place and pondering how awful the giant coal pit and adjacent coalbed methane wells would be.  I never suspected the B.C. government would side with conservation on this.

B.C’s ban on industrial development in N. Fork Flathead ends a 36-year international struggle. By Michael Jamison. Missoulian.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to British Columbia industrial development ban ends 36-year dispute over Flathead

  1. avatar Virginia says:

    It is frightening how close they came to losing that area to mining. I only wish we could get the opposing sides of other environmental issues to work together to make sure we preserve our wildlife/environmental heritage. I noticed in the story that when the people who wanted to fish the waters got involved, then things started to change. It is always the people who consume something in the environment who have the biggest say on what happens to these lands. We were at Waterton Lakes this summer and I remembered why I wanted to return to the area – it is truly spectacular and a treasure. I am happy the two countries have made the right decision together.

  2. avatar grdnrmt says:

    A nice read to start my day…


February 2010


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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