Auriol Trailhead Kluane National Park
Autumn colours in the Kluane Range.
Field Trips and Discussions
Park and Preserve, Yukon Territories, Canada http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/yt/kluane/index_e.asp
A gem in the family of Parks Canada's national treasures, Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada covers an area of 21,980 square kilometres. It is a land of precipitous, high mountains, immense icefields and lush valleys that yield a diverse array of plant and wildlife species and provides for a host of outdoor activities. Kluane National Park and Reserve is also home to Mount Logan (5959 m/19,545 ft), Canada's highest peak.
The climatic overlap of the pacific and arctic air masses over Kluane
National Park & Reserve has resulted in one of the greatest
diversity of plants and wildlife in northern Canada. A montane forest of
white spruce, trembling aspen and balsam poplar covers much of the lower
valleys and slopes. Treeline is at 1050 to 1200 m (3,500 to 4,000'),
depending upon local conditions. Low-growing or stunted shrubs in the
transition zone include: willow, dwarf birch, and alder, which provide
protection for the smaller plants. Summers in alpine tundra (generally
above 1400 m or 4600') are a flourish of colour, with over 200 varieties
of alpine flora.
Kluane Lake, Yukon Forest Fires NOAA Images - June 01, 1998 http://www.ccrs.nrcan.gc.ca/ccrs/rd/apps/forest/yukfire/yukfire_e.html
Yukon Forest Protection Regulations http://www.canlii.org/ca/regu/sor87-531/
Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Co-op - Yukon Forest Fires http://www.taiga.net/coop/indics/fire.html Information on the number and sizes of forest fires in the Northern Yukon has been gathered by the Forestry Branch of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Data have been collected since 1946, providing a 50-year record of forest fire occurrence. Maps of the total numbers of recorded forest fires that have occurred in the North Yukon between 1946 and 1992 (above) show that the number of fires in this area has not been many. However, forest fires in the Northern Yukon are generally large in size, and a given area in the North Yukon forest is expected to burn once about every 50 years.
Yukon Forest Industry Association http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/nr/prs/m-a2002/for006_e.html Of all the groups involved in the forestry issue, I spent by far the greatest share of time, in meetings and by telephone, with members of the Yukon Forest Industry Association (YFIA). This reflected my desire to gain the best possible picture of the industry's present and future role in the Yukon forest economy, and the industrial opportunities and impediments.
Aspen clones take the size prize http://www.taiga.net/yourYukon/col373.html