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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Event: Walking the Big Wild

'Walking the Big Wild'

Slide show and book signing by Karsten Heuer

7:15 p.m.  Monday, Nov.18, 2002
Mountain Equipment Co-op
366 Richmond Road, Ottawa
(Between Churchill Ave and Roosevelt Ave)

Karsten Heuer set out in June 1998 from Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, on an 18
month, 3,400 km hike that would end in Watson Lake, Yukon Territory. He spoke to
loggers and others with a stake in the economic exploitation of wild lands. He
overcame extraordinary physical challenges: ferocious storms, avalanches,
apparently impassable rivers in full flood, and bears that mistook him for

Heuer's epic hike was in support of the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) conservation
initiative. The Y2Y vision is to restore and maintain landscape and habitat
connectivity along 3,400 km of mountains by establishing a system of core
protected wildlife reserves linked by wildlife habitat and movement corridors.

Heuer demonstrated that there is nearly continuous wilderness up and down the
length of the Rocky Mountains, much of it still occupied by bears, all of it
still salvageable if the right decisions are made soon.  Presented by Mountain
Equipment Co-op, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, McClelland & Stewart,
Yukon to Yellowstone.

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