North cascades, Skagit river


Skagit Headwaters

No to Imperial Metals Mining Permits

Above: The snow capped peaks of the North Cascades shine bright in the waning light of the last sunset of 2018, as seen from the mixer run on the Skagit River. Photo: Copi Vojta

The headwaters of the Skagit River in British Columbia are under threat from an Imperial Metals mining proposal, the same company responsible for the Mt. Polley tailing pond disaster in 2014. There is a small “donut hole” of land in the upper reaches of the Skagit’s headwaters which lies outside of Manning Provincial Park and Skagit Valley Provincial Park protection. It’s beautiful country and viable habitat for grizzlies, bull trout, and other sensitive species. This is where Imperial Metals wants to build a copper mine. And as we know, water flows downhill. Downhill lies Ross Lake and North Cascades National Park. Further on downstream, the healthiest run of Puget Sound wild steelhead we have left in Washington state, all five pacific salmon species and one of the largest wintering grounds for bald eagles in the lower U.S.

Join Conservation Northwest, First Nations, Native American tribes, conservation and recreation groups in telling B.C. premier John Horgan to deny Imperial Metals permits to mine the Skagit Headwaters.

Conservation Northwest action form:

Dogwood Standing up for B.C. action form:

More information on the proposed mine:

Above: The recent full page ad in the Vancouver Sun with supprot from over a dozen First Nations, tribes and organizations.


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