Sierra Club BC
- Contact Name
- Laura Milne
- Contact Email
- Victoria, BC
- Past Grants
- 2012 · $35,000
- 2010 · $35,000
- 2009 · $35,000
- Grand Total
Sierra Club BC is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to protect and conserve British Columbia’s wilderness, species and ecosystems, within the urgent context of global warming impacts. We advocate the responsible use of B.C.’s natural resources while promoting a modern, equitable economy that sustains our planet in every way.
One of our greatest strengths, rooted in our more than 40 year history, is our ability to engage and mobilize people in constructive action to protect ecosystems and wild spaces. At the heart of our organization are more than 10,000 supporters from diverse communities across the province.Sierra Club BC works with different levels of government and First Nations to provide science-based conservation viewpoints and advice on policy decisions that affect a range of environmental issues
Conservation Alliance helps fund our Flathead River Valley campaign, which seeks permanent protection for this globally-significant wilderness in the southeast corner of B.C. The Flathead adjoins Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a World Heritage Site and two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.
In February 2010, following a prolonged campaign by Sierra Club BC, Wildsight and other groups, the B.C. government announced a ban on mining and oil and gas development in the Flathead. While we welcome the ban as an important first step, it has not been legislated and could be overturned by a future provincial government. In the absence of permanent protection, the Flathead, compared to Africa's Serengeti for its richness of species, remains under threat from logging, grizzly trophy hunting, new road access and quarrying.
We aim to secure permanent protection by establishing a National Park in the south eastern one-third of the Flathead River Valley, thus filling in the long-recognized missing piece of the Waterton-Glacier World Heritage Site. We also aim to establish a Wildlife Management Area in the rest of the valley and adjoining habitat in order to protect a vital wildlife corridor stretching from Glacier to Canada's Rocky Mountain parks.
The Flathead has the highest density of grizzly bears in the interior of North America, and the highest density and diversity of carnivores on the continent. Water in the Flathead River is so pure that scientists use it as a benchmark by which to measure water quality in rivers around the world.
The mining ban followed a petition by Sierra Club BC and 10 other US and Canadian conservation groups, which asked the World Heritage Committee to declare Waterton-Glacier a World Heritage Site in Danger due to a proposed Flathead mountain-top removal coal mine and other mining proposals. In June 2009 the committee voted unanimously to send a delegation to investigate. Click here to read the full mission report. Learn more at www.sierraclub.bc.ca.We share our Conservation Alliance funds with two other organizations involved in the Flathead campaign: Wildsight and Headwaters Montana.