Peel River Watershed – Canada

Peel River Watershed – Canada

Conservation Groups & First Nations aim for more than HALF! Canada’s Peel River Watershed, encompassing 14% of the Yukon Territory, is one of the largest and most beautiful intact natural ecosystems left in North America. However, industrial development (particularly in the form of roads and exploration for minerals, oil, and gas) threatens to fragment this stunning landscape and harm its delicate ecological balance.  Protect the Peel is working to ensure the long-term protection of this magnificent landscape. Located at the northern end of the Rocky and Mackenzie Mountains chain, this spectacular region is defined by a constellation of wild rivers: the Peel, Ogilvie, Blackstone, Hart, Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume. One of Canada’s most striking mountain river watersheds, the Peel is the heart of a great boreal and sub-arctic ecosystem with a long cultural history, free-ranging wildlife and a rugged northern beauty. It is a global benchmark of predator-prey ecosystems within a vast primeval wilderness. Sprawling over 43,000 square miles, the Peel Watershed dwarfs many famous landscapes– such as Banff and Yellowstone national parks – in size, unspoiled splendour, and ecological integrity. The World Wildlife Fund ranked the Peel among the top 200 conservation priorities in the world, and it is part of the Canadian Boreal Initiative campaign to protect at least 50% of the North American boreal forest. The watershed is the northern anchor of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, a broad-based international project to protect ecosystem connections for wildlife. Wildlife includes a host of high-profile species, such as grizzly bears, wolverines, wolves, Dall’s sheep and caribou that are at risk elsewhere. Extensive wetlands are essential as...
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