The Peel River Watershed: The Endangered Wilderness of Canada’s Yukon
This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.Text and photos by Peter Mather, Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers.
From the front seat of our Cessna 172, the wilderness below seems limitless. The turquoise waters of the Wind River weave and grind their way through regiments of jagged multicolored mountains before disappearing over the horizon. After months of planning, our small team, including film maker Andy Maser, is about to begin a three week wilderness canoe trip in one of North America’s most remote and beautiful locations. With the help of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), our International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) coordinated trip will take us through 350 miles of pristine wilderness, after which we’ll spend a week in the Gwich’in community of Fort McPherson on the banks of the Peel River.