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Greater Nahanni Watershed

GNW MapThis remote wilderness watershed in the Mackenzie Mountains is located in the southeast corner of Northwest Territories. Most of the South Nahanni watershed consists of steep mountain valleys, glacial debris and old lake bed deposits.

The area has rich plant life, and abundant wildlife and fish, and supports healthy populations of moose, caribou, wolves, back bears and grizzly bears, wolverine and lynx. It is the traditional territory of the Deh Cho First Nations.

In June 2009, the Government of Canada announced the expansion of the Nahanni National Park Reserve by more than six times. Due to the efforts of partners, the Deh Cho First Nations, CPAWS, the Canadian Boreal Initiative, and Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Government of Canada formally expanded the boundaries to now include 7.4 million acres. This magnificent landscape is now the largest single protected area in the Y2Y region.

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