Hiking from Yellowstone to the Yukon...
the summers of 1998 and 1999, a Canadian wildlife biologist and park warden
named Karsten Heuer hiked 3,400
km from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to Watson Lake in the
Yukon Territory. The trip was more than an epic adventure: Karsten wanted
to gauge firsthand the challenges wildlife face in their efforts to move
safely through a landscape increasingly dominated by human activity. In
doing so, he was testing a key theory of the Yellowstone
to Yukon Conservation Initiative -- that the best way to protect threatened
wildlife populations is to create wildlife movement corridors that will
link together our existing parks and protected areas. Travelling through
some of North America's most rugged and spectacular landscape, Karsten
alternated long periods of hiking with short visits to nearby communities
to talk about the Yellowstone to Yukon idea.