December 22, 2009--
Roads twine around a mountaintop-removal coal mine in Elk Valley, British Columbia
, in a June 2009 picture.
The shot is a product of a recent Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition, or RAVE, to the adjacent Flathead River Valley
, which straddles the border between Montana and British Columbia (see map
Organized by the International League of Conservation Photographers, RAVE photographers, filmmakers, and journalists visited the Flathead region in summer 2009 to document the pristine Rocky Mountain wilderness and garner support for plans to protect Flathead from mining, clear-cut logging, and natural gas drilling.
The RAVE team has joined conservationists calling for parts of Flathead to be named a national park and wildlife management area, as well as for a ban on drilling and mining in the river valley.
Photograph courtesy Garth Lenz, ILCP