July 15, 2012 Features & Images » Feature Story

A river removed 

A canoe descent of the Yukon's wild Snake River offers insight into the battle for a watershed and a meditation on the meaning of pristine landscapes.

click to flip through (6) Mary Walden takes in the Yukon's wilderness from the window of a beaver aircraft
  • Mary Walden takes in the Yukon's wilderness from the window of a beaver aircraft

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"They are proposing to completely change the plan and open up the Peel watershed to roads and industrial development," says YCS executive director Karen Baltgailis of an attitude few can understand.

"The Yukon is in the middle of the largest mining boom in history," says Mike Dehn, executive director of the CPAWS Yukon Chapter. "Given how well the economy is doing, it's hard to justify the government's plans for the Peel."

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