Mt. Willet Wilderness Campaign

Urgent Action to halt approved clear cutting within the Argenta-Johnson’s Landing Face near Camp

April 22, 2021 International Earth Day

The Northwest Wilderness Society has long supported the campaign Mt. Willet Wilderness Forever, which aims to include the Argenta-Johnson’s Landing Face in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park.
This campaign has put out an urgent call to action, requesting engagement in a letter writing campaign to halt approved clearcutting in roadless, old-growth habitat in the terrain visible on the slope north east of camp.

One of our founders, the late Rev. Phillip Hewitt, was instrumental in getting the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy established back in the 80’s.  The campaign has been lobbying for the slope to be added as “the missing puzzle piece” to the Conservancy.  They want it protected while it is still wild and pristine, and that could end soon with the proposed logging.

Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd. has plans to begin this year on clear-cut blocks near Salisbury Creek just a few kilometers from Johnson’s Landing. The cut blocks would be clearly visible from Camp and all around the north end of Kootenay Lake.

The campaign has an Urgent TAKE ACTION page on its website, with easy letter templates to write to the Premier and other politicians to stop this logging, including 300-year-old larch trees. All those concerned about this can take a few minutes to support this Urgent Call to Action and send in letters.

You can hear Gary Diers from Argenta talk about the Campaign on Keith Wiley’s radio show on Kootenay Coop Radio on TheEcoCentricRadioShow.ca.

The board recently agreed to support this campaign by writing open letters to halt logging and include the Argenta-Johnson’s Landing Face in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park. Additionally we will offer messaging through our media platforms to encourage others to support this campaign.  The Northwest Wilderness Society has previously made financial contributions to the Purcell Wilderness Society to support their conservation endeavors, and again approved another $200 donation.

View our Open Letters from the Board of the NWWS

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