TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild by Robert Glenn Ketchum
In 1990, I was invited on a 10-day float down the Tatshenshini, a huge river system flowing from Western Canada to the Pacific Ocean that literally divides two of North America's largest national parks, Canada's Kluane National Park and Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. A gold mine was being proposed mid-river. I broke the story in LIFE magazine. There were many other articles and a book. The mine was never developed and the river is now a wilderness corridor. This is a conservation SUCCESS story!
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #77
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #77: Once re-packed and properly secured the boats were ready to go. We all watched with some apprehension AND amusement as the cargo boat pushed off, settled deeply into the river, and began it’s sluggish float into the current. The deck design seemed to work well, as the boat looked flat and stable – it was just hard to see the guide (LOL). One thing for sure, there were going to be no quick decisions made navigating this cargo boat. Laden down so heavily, it was very slow to respond to the paddles and I am sure maneuvering it in the fast current was a lot of work. Nonetheless, we were off once again!
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