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ACTION ALERT: Save Perry Ridge watershed from logging

The Perry Ridge Water Users Association in British Columbia is working to stop to the logging of this ridge. They argue in part that, “The Sinixt Nation has identified Perry Ridge as an important cultural wetland and is the location of many identified and unidentified significant archaeological sites.” They also highlight that, “Perry Ridge is a unique geological landform and provides domestic drinking and agricultural water to hundreds of farms and homes along the base of the mountain.”

Their goal is to “support Perry Ridge being added to Valhalla Park as an Ecological Reserve.”

Their campaign is crucial because the first logging contract for Perry Ridge has just been awarded and logging could begin at any time.

Support to help stop this logging from across Canada is welcome. To add your voice to protect the Perry Ridge watershed and to join Council of Canadians chair Maude Barlow, who has already endorsed their cause, please sign their petition at http://www.perryridge.org/petition/index.php.

They also suggest that you write the premier and environment minister of British Columbia to make your concerns known to them. More on how you can do that at http://www.perryridge.org/how.html. You can read more about their commitment to watershed protection at http://www.perryridge.org/who.html.

The Council of Canadians will continue to monitor this situation. When logging in the Perry Ridge area was last attempted in 1997, 400-500 blocked the road and were able to stop it. Please sign their petition today.

To learn more, watch this 9-minute video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e28HlJ9nlLI.