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More Help in the Peace

Tim Burkhart joins the Y2Y team as Peace River Break Coordinator.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative is very pleased to announce the expansion of its capacity to work in the Peace River Break, as Tim Burkhart joins the Y2Y team as Peace River Break Coordinator.

Tim brings a breadth of experience that will serve him well in this role. He has led several political campaigns, including Administrative Coordinator for the B.C. New Democratic Party’s (NDP) Leader’s Tour and Communications Consultant for Nathan Cullen’s bid for leadership of the federal NDP. His experience as a provincial park facility operator and a business communications specialist will also be advantageous.

Tim currently is completing his Master’s degree at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he creating a platform through which stakeholders in the Peace River Break can access geographical and spatial data and make their own maps of values important to them.

As you may recall, the Peace River Break area of the Yellowstone to Yukon region is highly vulnerable. It is at the narrowest width of the entire region and is rapidly undergoing transformation into an industrialized landscape.

Views of the Peace River Photo: Wayne Sawchuk

Due to the combined effects of oil and gas development, including fracking, coal mining, wind energy development, hydroelectric impoundments, and associated roads and infrastructure, the ability of this region to support healthy populations of wildlife is quickly being compromised.

Since 2008, Y2Y has been working with conservation organizations, First Nations, scientists, government, industry, and other interested parties to generate a vision for conserving biodiversity and wildlife connectivity that will maintain the Peace River Break’s continental role as a wildlife linkage between the Central Canadian Rocky Mountains and the wild lands of the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area to the north.

Tim will carry on this effort, prioritizing campaigns for new protected areas, caribou conservation, and policies to manage the cumulative effects of industry.