Thursday, August 13, 2009
Interior Secretary Travels to North Fork
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited North Fork and Middle Fork of the Flathead Rivers in Montana in hopes of some form of designation protecting Glacier National Park and the Flathead Basin from the development of natural resources upstream. Glacier National Park is a peace park with Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada and UNESCO is currently researching a possible declaration of the park "in danger," due to environmental degredation when a coal mine and coal-bed methane drilling operation in southeastern British Colombia was proposed in June. Another mining project was introduced at the end of June by Max Resource Group, demonstrating the current environmental concerns of the park. Interior Secretary Salazar is emphasizing international cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to protect the Flathead Water Basin. Read the full article to find more information on the importance and possiblities of the North Fork and the Flathead Basin.