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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 36-fHF IETWBRIDGE NERAID-W Andy Russell on Sheep Mountain, overlooking Slims River Delta Russell reports on the spectacular North Artist Clarence Tillenius sketching Dall ram working conservationist is one and downs By Itl'SSELL Tiio life of a working con preen carpet strewn with hril- ton graze the highland plateaus i Valley lies between Second and liant colored alpine flowers be I on the northern end, It is truly First Canyons and here moro low the eternal ice ami snow. a game paradise. caves are found. 1 have mingled with the mag-1 FISH PLENTIFUL At the northern rim of the nificenl while dall rams known1 flic clear rivers and Inkcs Park, the Ragged Range rises as the sheep with the golden abound in arctic grayling, lake i to 12.000 feet above sea level, horns. I have wandered through I and landlocked salmon, i aucl here, below Hole-in-the- hands of ewes, lambs and Many the liapuy evening we V.'all Lake is another hotspring sion around the falls. Grizzlies, black bears, dall sheep, wood- land caribou, moose and deer wander through it. A host of 1 songbirds lift their voices in! accompaniment to (he deep; overtones of (he river. Nnhcmni National Park is a place where nature has done things in a big j way with some fine touches of 1 sheer magic and mystery fotiml nowhere else. Away off, 2000 miles or more to the northeast on the far side of Baffin Island lies Baffin Is-1 land National Park on the Cum- berland Peninsula. Represents-1 live of (he high arctic regions close to the Pole, it is no less spectacular in its own way. j At the coast indescribable i fjlords cut inland from IIic sea with cliffs towering SOQO feet straight up out of the water. There it is possible io see the nlmost extinct blue whales, the largest mammals in the world j growing to well over SO feet in i le n gt h. There a re ra re ri gh t: and humpback to, roll- j hit; and blowing in the i blue amongst pieces oi I floating ice. N'nrwluils s w i m anci feed among them. On rocky spurs and benches walrus and seals herds breed and play. On land there are polar bears, bar- j rcn ground c a r i h o n, arciic hares ant! foxes. Inland lies the Penny High-1 lands mounlr.ins lilting to and 7000 feet against the sky. Dominating these is the huge Penny Ice Cap encompassing square miles and close to a mile deep in places, a large portion of the fi.SDO square mile area of the Park, and one of I tile largest ice caps in the i northern hemisphere. It is an austere yc( magnifi- cently beautiful artcic wilder- ncs, untouched and unspoiled, now saved for all time. Certainly the formation of fhesc three National Parks three of Die 30 new National Parks set aside in Canada since is a historic conserva- tion milestone equalled by no other country in the en t i r e world. II is something new marking a change of thinking for in the previous thirty years only two new National Parks were formed. It is a deeply sat- isfying feeling to have had just a very small part in it. the and 1 observed a Yukon, Teri- iui jt-s and Baffin Island have set aside In create three new and very important Na- tional Parks. most these P ark (pron ounc ed K loo- a nee) in southwest Yukon Terri ntones. and Baffin Island Is tional Park Peninsula herd of 271 etched as sharp as the edge ol part of the j a knife against the sky. northern population of j RSrciy were we out of sight of golden eagles. When we climbed, hundreds of ptarmi- gan flow ahead of us on the tundra plateaus, while thous- animals. What is most satisIviiiR to me is Ihe fact that this Park protect the lar- gest pvjulalion of left I ands of parka squirrels bark- fisher. and chirped as we passed. But it is the mountains that are on the Cumberland I bearers range all through the most impressive; high snow the east side oi' among (he mountains. amj jcc draped peaks that glit- Moose are numerous and cari, that island. Of the three I am I most familiar the first. In 195S and 1961 I spent many happy w a n cl e r i n g through this fabulous piece o{ country' by boat and on foot seeing anci filming some of Iho spectacular features of what is now a park. Running its length is the impresive Elias Range including Mt. Lo- gan, feet in elevation and Canada's highest peak. In its Gl acier park tcr in the sun. These have been popular among climbers for over half a century and many are still unclimbed. During Canada's centennial year 13 major peaks were climbed for the first time and named for j Canada's provinces and terri- i tories. j j SPECTACULAR RIVER j Then there is Nahanni Na- tional Park, an area of square miles lying along the South Nahanni River, or.e of Canada's most spectacular wild rivers. The prime feature of fingers of i National Park officials thai! (ms park ;s Virginia Falls i WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) A University of Montana hot- vicinity lies one of ttie world's i A um largest non polar glacier sys-1 any. professor has told Glacier tems with the long fingers of i National valley glaciers streaming in al-! vegetation in three areas of the i wnerc the big river plunges an most every direction. i arc being exposed to ex- awesome 300 feet, twice as high The Kaskawulsh G 1 a c i o r, ccssivc atmospheric fluorides. as Niagra, in a turmoil of spray more than 170 miles long, drops' Dr. C. C. Gordon, in a study and thunder, an incredible four one of its forks down onto the j carried out for the park under acres of vertical water. Below head of Slims River, where the an environmental protection wind stirs up dust storms in agency contract, said the furor- the rock dust ground up by the ide is accumulating in the vege- ice making sand dunes, and the taiion species, big delta at the east end of j A preliminary report last Kluane Lake a unique centered on fluoride emis- rure. :-ions from the Anaconda Alumi- Tliick spruce forests I) -uiket i num Co. reduction plant at Col- the lower valleys out umhia Falls as it affects fed- this square mile era! lands of the Flathead but above timberline (he tundra National Forest and Glacier Na- covered alplands lie like a rich 1 lional Park. it there are three magnificent canyons. Third Canyon, just be- low the (alls, has vertical walls rising feet marked with the mouths of caves, some over a mile deep and some as yet un- explored. 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