Tim Burkhart

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
Working with partners in local communities, conservation organizations, government and First Nations, Y2Y used the Data Basin platform to gather and share conservation maps and data for northeast BC. Through that research, we discovered a particularly important bridge of habitat connectivity: the Wild Harts. Stretching roughly from Kakawa wilderness and north through the Pine Pass to the Williston Reservoir, the Wild Hart ranges of northeast BC represent a wildway connecting the central rocky mountain parks north to the wilderness of the Muskwa-Kechicka.  Although the majority of the Peace Break region has extensive road networks and a widespread industrial footprint, a band of relatively intact land extends north-south along the Hart Ranges. This intact mountainous landscape includes several undeveloped creek watersheds, intact forests, alpine terrain with no roads, and critical core and seasonal habitat for species such as woodland caribou and other large mammals such as grizzly bear as well as trout, Arctic grayling, mountain whitefish, moose, and wolverine. This stretch of wild mountains is crucial to the long term conservation of biodiversity, and plays an important role in supporting the integrity of predator-prey ecosystems throughout the Rockies. Given the rapid pace of major resource development impact across the Peace River Break, the Wild Harts present one of the last opportunities for large-landscape conservation in the region. The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative is working with our local partners, First Nations and stakeholders to ensure that these spectacular mountains stay wild, connecting and protecting habitat so people and nature can thrive.