Pink Mountain's

Rare and Endangered Species

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Parnassius eversmanni SSP pinkensis

 

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To find out more about our efforts to make Pink Mountain an Ecological Reserve, please contact Ron Long for more information:

Ron Long

604-469-1651

rlphoto[at]shaw.ca

 

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Ron Long has just returned from a two week expedition to Pink Mountain, where he was able to photograph, catalog and map the positions of plant species on the summit plateau. Ron describes the wildflowers this year as being "spectacular".

 

 The Threats

In spite of the very special nature of Pink Mountain it faces multiple threats that could easily result in its total destruction.

The most benign of these is the casual visitor. Most drive to the top, look at the view and go back down. Some families picnic on the summit and allow their kids to run around among the plants, trampling many and picking handfulls of flowers with no knowledge of the rare lants they are destroying. Occasionally, and it doesn’t take many, someone will drive a 4x4 truck off the road and in a very short time cause damage that will take hundreds of years to heal.

There is much concern that expansion of the Provincial Park on Pink Mountain would attract even more visitors who could literally love the place to death.

The gas industry has cast its threatening shadow over Pink Mountain since the early 60s. There was always the possibility that rising gas prices would make the Pink Mountain wells, dormant for four decades, economical. 

At one site the previously rusted valve assembly that caps a  well that was drilled in the 1960s has been recently painted indicating new interest. On the second well an entire extraction plant has been built indicating that this well is about to go into production. A huge area of tundra around this well has been bulldozed for no apparent purpose.

Survey stakes indicate that more wells may be drilled in the future. This is an urgent concern for the future of the rare plants. The uncontrolled rush to drill literally thousands of fracking wells in the area of Pink Mountain threatens all wildlife by habitat fragmentation and in the long run by poisoning surface water.

There is a plan to put forty wind turbines on Pink Mountain. Normally the huge concrete bases that these require and the necessary access roads would totally destroy the summit of Pink Mountain. Fortunately the company and its president are interested in protecting as many of the rare plants as possible and so are willing to apply the data acquired by the Pink Mountain Biodiversity Research Initiative. This may result in concentrating the wind farm on a part of the summit that has no rare plants. This is possible as there is enough space for plants and turbines.

Construction of the wind farm will require a total rebuilding of the road. The existing roadsides have become critical habitat for many of the rare plants so such rebuilding will complete the destruction of whatever plants might otherwise survive. It is imperative that an entirely new road be built that will bypass the rare plants and lead directly to the wind farm. The existing road would be permanently closed.

It is possible to protect the plants but the effect of wind turbines on birds, bats and animals remains problematic.

 

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