Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam
November 23, 2011 – August 12, 2012
Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam was an exhibition of forty-one large format, framed, fine art color landscape photographs, with captions highlighting conservation issues in the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor. Organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington and the Mountaineers Books, Seattle, in collaboration with the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
Healthy ecosystems are connected ecosystems. Stretching nearly two thousand miles from Yellowstone National Park, up the spine of the Rocky Mountains, and through the Yukon is one of the world’s last fully functioning mountain ecosystems. A plan to link the existing parks with connected corridors throughout the region highlights the importance of these vital passageways that wildlife depend on for survival.
German-born photographer Florian Schulz documents in full color the ambitious effort to preserve this ecosystem. His striking photographs tell the story of the stunning wilderness and wildlife at stake, and also of the human challenges and champions that exist—from roads, sprawl, and mining threats, to peaceful coexistence with ranchers, recreationalists, and sustainable industrial practices.
Schulz first came to America with the dream of seeing true wilderness. After encountering a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park, he gave up his biology studies to become a wildlife photographer. The work in this exhibit represents more than ten years of documenting the North American wilderness.