Company owner Neil Hartling is an active supporter and advocate for environmental and conservation efforts in northern Canada. “I support responsible resource extraction” says Hartling, “but not everywhere, and not at all costs – some places require special protection”.
Right now, he’s advocating for a responsible management plan for the largest constellation of pristine mountain rivers in North America – the Peel Watershed. For more than a decade he provided leadership in the campaign to protect the Greater Nahanni Watershed, eventually creating one of the largest parks in the world. Neil was involved in the successful campaign to establish Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park in the early 1990s, creating the world’s largest bio-preserve.
Those are the mega stories. On the micro scale we’re continually experimenting with and refining Leave No Trace camping practices. We’re an industry leader in this area and often create best practices that others have adopted. For example, we were among the first to use fireboxes on the rivers where we operate, and designed a customized backcountry firebox. We were among the first to begin carrying solid human waste out of Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park.
We follow the Code of Conduct of the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon (WTAY) and are avid supporters of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). We also strongly adhere to all regulations concerning the treatment of artifacts, fossils, flora and fauna. As the saying goes, ‘Take only memories. Leave only footprints’.