Trevor Goward
Fritz Schaer
Roland Neave
Interior Whitewater
Darrel Giesbrecht
Roland Neave

Recently logged areas on the west side of the Clearwater River Valley are clearly visible from the Wells Gray Park Road – a huge blot on the landscape seen by thousands of tourists. On the east side of the Valley, paralleling the Wells Gray Park Road, the forested western slopes of Trophy Mountain adjacent to southern Wells Gray Park have attracted the attention and harvesting applications of logging companies from 2012 to present. The Clearwater River Valley has far more value to society as the grand entrance to internationally renowned Wells Gray Provincial Park than as a source of wood fibre.

Our Concerns:
If the western slopes of Trophy Mountain are logged:

• The Guiding Principles for the Management of Land and Resources in the Clearwater Valley would be ignored.
• Application for UNESCO Geopark status would be impacted.
• Slope stability would threaten safety of Wells Gray Park Road and residents.
• Household and irrigation water of area residents would be threatened.
• Mountain Caribou habitat and population will be at risk.
• Tourism industry would be impacted.

Clearwater is known as the Gateway to Wells Gray Park. $20 million are brought into Clearwater annually by tourists. The long-term economic future of Clearwater is at risk if industrial logging destroys Wells Gray Park assets. Logging may foreclose future options such as Geopark status. It also forecloses on future trail development in the area affected – e.g. in connection with volcanic and other features. We need to protect the wilderness experience for everyone, and carefully manage the corridor to Wells Gray Park.

Here's how you can take action:
• Call on the government to permanently protect the Clearwater River Valley in the vicinity of southern Wells Gray Park from industrial logging. For addresses of politicians please see our Take Action page.
• For more information, be sure to visit our companion website,
Death by a Thousand Clearcuts.
• And for more actions click here.

Interior Whitewater

Updated September 2023
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