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Environmental Concerns in the West Kootenay

The Kootenay Mountaineering Club has always considered the well being of our mountain environment to be of extreme importance. From our support of the Valhalla Wilderness Society in the effort for the establishment of the Valhalla Provincial Park in 1984 to our ongoing effort to leave no trace of our yearly three weeks of week long hiking camps with 20 people each week in a pristine location, the club believes that our lives are better with wilderness around us.

Regional Environmental Links

The Jumbo Affair

This article appeared in Explore in 2008, and remains one of the best reviews of the background to the resort development proposalhttp://www.explore-mag.com/the-jumbo-glacier-resort-mystery
Keep Jumbo Wild
"The Jumbo Valley is a rare treasure, ecologically viable despite past and present recreation and industry activity."
http://www.keepitwild.ca/
The West Kootenay EcoSociety's Jumbo web pagehttp://www.ecosociety.ca/jumbo-valley
KMC member Daniela Gadotti wrote a very interesting article on her experiences in the area this summer, in the Town Square forum of our web siteMonica Meadows to be Slack Country for Jumbo Ski Resort

Environmental Organisations

The West Kootenay Eco Society
"The West Kootenay EcoSociety protects the natural environment while building a just and sustainable post-carbon world."
http://ecosociety.ca/
Resilience and Climate Change
The final 2012 reports of climate change studies made in the West Kootenay
http://www.westkootenayresilience.org/
Friends of Kootenay Lake
"Established in 2012, the Friends of Kootenay Lake (FOKL) is a stewardship group dedicated to protecting the fish and wildlife habitat of Kootenay Lake while supporting economic, recreation and traditional uses. Our approach is through science, education, and engagement."
http://www.friendsofkootenaylake.ca/
Valhalla Wilderness Society
"The Valhalla Wilderness Society was founded in the small village of New Denver, British Columbia, in 1975. It started as a group of local residents who wanted to save the forested slopes of the Valhalla Range from logging. It took eight years of extensive involvement to win the park. Along the way, the Society became involved in efforts to attain better forest practices outside of parks."
http://www.vws.org/
Yellowstone to Yukon
"Connecting and protecting habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive." Their Cabinet - Purcell Mountain Corridor Collaborative Project
http://y2y.net/our-work/ontheground-efforts/cabinetpurcell-mountain-corridor-collaborative-projects
Great Wild Spaces
"British Columbia is a wilderness lover's mecca. The province's beauty, and diversity of parks and protected areas, is world class. But few people including British Columbian's have experienced more than but a tiny part of this vast province. BC Spaces for Nature would therefore like to introduce you to BC 's wilderness heritage, which so many individuals like you have worked hard to protect." The link is to the "Kootenay Rockies Region" area of their website.
http://www.spacesfornature.org/greatspaces/kootenay.html