Current Active Projects
Taku River – British Columbia
The 10 million-acre territory of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation in northwestern British Columbia is wilderness, big, big all so wonderfully big and complete wilderness. The prevailing salmon producer of Southeast Alaska, and perhaps home to the highest density of Grizzly Bears in British Columbia, this largest of intact wilderness river systems on the Pacific Coast of North America, the Taku River, dominates this territory as it flows from the interior boreal forests of British Columbia to the coastal temperate forests of Alaska.
Wolverines - Winter Recreation Project, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming
Navajo Diné Bikéyah Conservation Project, Utah
Contrary to the beliefs of many, southeastern Utah was not an empty place waiting to be inhabited by Mormon settlers or discovered as a playground for city people, but rather it was a home to the Navajo, many Paiute and Ute people as well. Each of these tribes, as well as others like the Hopi and Zuni, occupied this land and to this day maintain strong ties to this region called San Juan County, Utah. Furthermore, several distinct civilizations over thousands of years were here before us, and their uniquely intact archaeological record is sacred to all Native American people and of great significance to American history.
North Coast, Yukon Territory
Where all waters flow north at the most northerly point of the Yukon Territory, the North American continent meets the Beaufort Sea. This is the Yukon North Slope. Encompassing Ivvavik National Park and bounded on the west by Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, on the east by the sprawling Mackenzie River Delta, and to the south by Vuntut National Park this is a vast wilderness area with no roads or towns only the small seasonal hunting camps of the Inuvialuit.
Goshute Tribe - Nevada and Utah, United States
The Southern Nevada Water Authority, the water agency for Las Vegas, Henderson, and N. Las Vegas has applied to pump up to 200,000 acre-feet annually from eastern Nevada and send it through 300 miles of 8 foot diameter pipe to support the area’s uncontrolled growth. The cost is currently estimated at $15 billion dollars. Just how much water is 200,000 acre-feet annually? It is more than 65 billion gallons of water – every year.
Great Bear Rainforest - British Columbia
North Coast Conservation Design, British Columbia
We applied a modified Conservation Area Design (CAD) framework that was previously developed for the central coast of B.C. to the adjacent north coast study area in order to rank and prioritize conservation areas based on biological criteria. We produced a contiguous CAD for a large portion of the coastal temperate rainforest in B.C. that included both central and north coast regions. We used simple and repeatable methods for ranking watersheds that included both coarse-filter and species-based approaches.
Coastal Forests and Mountains, Alaska & British Columbia
Despite the biological diversity and global significance, the future of the coastal temperate rainforest is still highly uncertain. The primary threat to the region is unsustainable industrial logging and its associated ecological impacts. The region has a long history of conflicts between environmentalists and the timber industry that have generated both national and international interest in both Alaska and British Columbia. Which areas should receive highest priority for conservation? How much area is enough? What types of human activities are acceptable? How should conservation policies be implemented? We sought to develop science-based tools and to assemble regional data necessary to address these sorts of questions, through the development of a Conservation Area Design (CAD) for the region.
Muskwa Kechika Conservation Design, British Columbia
In the very most northern Rocky Mountains, the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area (MKMA) encompasses boreal plains, muskeg, and alpine peaks, forming a wilderness ecosystem of incredible magnitude. Fifty inter-connected wilderness watersheds support elk, moose, caribou, and Stone’s sheep and other ungulates, which in turn support populations of grizzly bears, wolves, and other carnivores.
Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories
In 2005, the Government of Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) Department of Environment and Natural Resources asked Round River to support the NWT Protected Areas Strategy (PAS) in a technical capacity. The NWT PAS is a spatial planning process with the stated goal of identifying priority areas for the protection of special ecological and cultural areas in the NWT, as well as core representative examples of the unique ecological diversity found in of each of the territory’s 45 ecoregions.
Headwaters Initiative, British Columbia
The Headwaters Initiative Project works to create a more informed and connected community engaged in the conservation of some of British Columbia’s great rivers. Its goal is to expand and empower the network of individuals and organizations concerned about the impacts of proposed developments – particularly in relation to energy and salmon ecosystems.
Round River, in partnership with Headwaters, provides GIS and strategic support.