Protecting the Yukon’s Peel Watershed

July 28, 2012

The Yukon’s Peel watershed is the largest constellation of wild mountain rivers in North America. It’s a vast primeval predator-prey ecosystem, a refuge for grizzly bears, wolves and wolverine. The effort by First Nations, wilderness protection groups, and wilderness guides in Canada to protect the Peel watershed from mineral and energy development could be a benchmark victory in the efforts to conserve the Yellowstone to Yukon eco-region and, if successful, would make it the largest protected area in North America, more than six times the size of Yellowstone.