Wild Border Watersheds

About the Whiting

The Whiting is a litte known wild and remote watershed in the British Columbia - Alaska transboundary region. Entirely roadless, it is a small watershed, in transboundary terms, nestled in glacial terrain between the Iskut-Stikine and Taku watersheds. The Whiting River is 64km/40 miles long, flowing from B.C. southwest into Stephen’s Passage southeast of Juneau, Alaska. Both the Tahltan and Taku River Tlingit First Nations consider the entire Canadian portion of the Whiting to be within their traditional territory. Despite its ruggedness and small size, the Whiting hosts at least six biogeoclimatic subzones, and is home to all five species of Pacific salmon, cutthroat trout, black and grizzly bears, mountain goats, moose and bald eagles, among other species.


Threats to Conservation

Due to its remoteness, the Whiting has not been threatened with adverse impacts from mining and other resource extraction. Although the entire Canadian portion of the river was recommended for protection in a park in the 1990s, and the U.S. portion was recommended for a National Wild and Scenic River designation, no part of the watershed has actually been protected or designated.

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