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Thanks for agreeing to protect the Flathead

Editor,

Today (Feb. 18) Premier Campbell and Governor Schweitzer signed a Memorandum of Understanding to protect the transboundary Flathead, one of the most critical habitats in North America. The Agreement will ensure that the Flathead is protected from mining and energy development, thereby enabling present and future generations to benefit from and enjoy this incredible landscape in its current pristine condition. 

The vision of Premier Campbell cannot be overstated, given that the area is home to the first international peace park, a World Heritage Site and a UN Biosphere Reserve. In addition to thanking the Premier and Governor for their leadership, the FBC would also like to thank the congressional delegation, and in particular Senator Baucus for his decades long effort to secure protection for Flathead. 

Last but not least, the transboundary work of Flathead Basin Commission could not have proceeded without the support of the Montana legislature and the Flathead delegation. 

The MOU is a critical first step in protecting this unique landscape, and we look forward to working with the Province of British Columbia, the Governor and Senators Baucus and Tester to implement this Agreement.

Caryn Miske
Executive Director
Flathead Basin Commission
Kalispell

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