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Three Rivers

The Yukon's Great Boreal Wilderness

by Juri Peepre

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category: Nature
published: 2005
ISBN:9781550173659
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Three Rivers: The Yukon’s Great Boreal Wilderness

This book focuses on one important area of the northern boreal zone, which encompasses eleven percent of the planet’s surface and is an ecosystem that generates much of the oxygen we breathe. The Yukon’s boreal wilderness area is increasingly threatened by the Mackenzie Valley pipeline, the Alaska Highway and mineral exploration. Essays and stories by eleven authors, including Margaret Atwood and John Ralston Saul, discuss the value of the ecosystem, its history, its flora and fauna and the danger that it faces. Alternatives are provided to conserve the ecosystem before industrialization destroys it. Photographs provide breathtaking shots of the untrammeled wilderness.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2006-2007.

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Finalist for 2006 BC Book Prize - Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

Three Rivers: The Yukon's Great Boreal Wilderness is a gorgeous coffee-table book about a wilderness area so vast and so crucial to planetary survival it defies comprehension. Previously unknown to the outside world, the Yukon's Three Rivers watershed is emerging as an environmental issue of global importance--a key piece of the boreal region.
The boreal forest is like a green banner draped around the northern hemisphere. It is the world's largest expanse of intact forest, covering nearly 11 percent of our planet's surface. Every breath we take is in part a gift from this immense, earth-circling ecosystem.
Now the renewed Mackenzie Valley pipeline proposal, the Alaska Pipeline and escalating energy and mineral exploration in the north all threaten this last world-scale refuge of natural values--and conservationists around the world are mobilizing to defend it. Three Rivers focuses on one of the most strategic undisturbed regions left in the world, an oceanic wilderness that is under threat from gas and mining development.
Packed with awe-inspiring photography, art and writings by such notables as Courtney Milne, Margaret Atwood and John Ralston Saul, this sumptuous volume offers an unforgettable tour of a natural wonderland so rich in grizzly bears, wolves, caribou, peregrine falcons and wildflowers most will have difficulty believing such a place still exists. Three Rivers is a prize to be cherished by anyone who appreciates great photography, fine writing and untrammelled nature, and a must-have for anyone who takes an interest in the fate of our beleaguered but still awe-inspiring planet.

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"The boreal forest of the north, which covers nearly 11 per cent of the Earth's surface, is vital to our ecosystem, but it is under threat as a result of escalating energy and mineral exploration. This book has been produced to raise awareness of the issue, but it is far from being a dry political tract. The writing is engaging and the photography is breathtaking; this is a book to return to again and again."
- Linda Bates, Vancouver Sun

"The book is a prize to be cherished by anyone who appreciates great photography, fine writing and untrammelled nature."
--Edgar Dunning, The Delta Optimist

— Praise from the Vancouver Sun
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Juri Peepre

Juri Peepre coordinated the Three Rivers project and was Yukon Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society until 2004. Peepre led the Yukon's Endangered Spaces campaign, part of a national conservation effort. He has contributed numerous essays and photographs to books on the Yukon environment, including Yukon Wild, and was a contributing author to Parks and Protected Areas in Canada, Protecting Canada's Endangered Spaces and Unimpaired for Future Generations: Conserving Ecological Integrity with Canada's National Parks. He lives in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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