Forests and Biodiversity
Sometimes compared with Africa's Serengeti for its richness of species, the Flathead's rare convergence of wildlife and stunning vistas are under threat from industrial development.
The Flathead should be B.C.'s top priority for protection.
Ottawa (Ontario), March 7, 2008 - Concerned about the lack of political leadership on urgent issues such as climate change, Canada’s leading environmental organizations have come to a groundbreaking consensus around a roadmap for action that is being released today.
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"It's completely unacceptable," said spokesman Jean Langlois. "There's a huge backlog [for wildlife programs] already, and cutting back on the budget is not going to help."
Sources told CBC News Tuesday that the Canadian Wildlife Service had its service budget frozen for the rest of the fiscal year and that other groups' budgets were cut by up to 80 per cent.
A $20,000 advertisement decrying Royal Dutch Shell's plan to drill wells in the headwaters region of the Stikine, Nass and Skeena rivers is running in the European editions of today's Financial Times newspaper.
The dispute is the latest skirmish in a lengthy battle over mining and gas drilling in northwest B.C. Local First Nations and environmental groups have repeatedly clashed with companies hoping to cash in on the area's rich bounty of natural resources.