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The Valhalla Wilderness Society
The Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS) is a registered charity that was founded in 1975, in the small village of New Denver, British Columbia, Canada. The village sits on Slocan Lake, with a grand view of Valhalla Provincial Park, achieved by the Society in 1983. VWS went on to successfully spearhead campaigns for the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, Goat Range Provincial Park, and the Spirit Bear Conservancies on Princess Royal Island. VWS also played one of the key roles in the protection of South Moresby National Park Reserve. Its Endangered Wilderness Map of 1988 initiated the movement to double BC’s park system to 12% of the province. Valhalla has led park campaigns that now protect over 560,000 hectares. The work resulted in numerous national and international conservation awards received by Chairperson Colleen McCrory.
Today VWS remains dedicated to the role of fully protected areas in maintaining biodiversity. It is working on park proposals in BC’s Inland Rainforest Region, on the coast, and in the Chilcotin region. However, there are many environmental impacts today that have no borders, such as climate change, or the threat of an oil spill from tankers on the coast, or threats to wildlife. VWS has been involved in many activities trying to stop such impacts.
Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux
From award-winning documentary filmmaker Damien Gillis (Fractured Land, Oil in Eden) and Valhalla Wilderness Society comes a new film of breathtaking beauty, Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux – official selection of the prestigious Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Filmed on location deep in the heart of BC’s Selkirk Mountains, this 20-minute documentary is the story of the majesty, magic and endurance of one of the world’s last truly ancient inland temperate rainforests – the incomparable Incomappleux.
Following an expedition of conservationists, biologists and wilderness explorers, Gillis documents the nature and history of this unique place – replete with rare lichens and 2,000-year-old trees – along with a plan to preserve it through a new provincial or Canadian park, the Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal. This forest has been growing continuously since the last ice age. But in recent decades, most of the ancient rainforest in the Incomappleux Valley has been destroyed by logging. The magnificent core that is left is part of a 27,000-hectare intact wilderness contiguous to Glacier National Park. It has been spared only by the hard work of a small band of defenders – and remains under threat to this day.
Public access to the ancient forest has always been difficult, but in recent years, bridge and road washouts have closed it to all but a handful of hardy adventurers who could backpack there. Few people have seen it since. Now, after a Herculean filmmaking expedition, with Primeval, you will soon be able to experience the Incomappleux for yourself in all its splendour. Primeval toured the province in the fall of 2016 and the spring and summer of 2017. To learn about new showings, check this site or call the Valhalla Wilderness Society. The film will eventually be available for purchase on video. In the meantime, please enjoy Damien Gillis’s trailer, which is a poem in itself, and sign the petition by clicking on the link at the top.
The Valhalla Wilderness Society