"Rivers Without Borders has been striving to protect the wild intact watersheds and rich ecological and cultural values of the British Columbia-Alaska transboundary region since 1999. We engage First Nations, commercial fishermen, scientists, environmental organizations, government, community leaders, media, and others to advance our conservation vision for this vast, remote, and spectacular area."
The Takshanuk Watersheds have supported local residents for thousands of years with a rich and abundant fishery. Five species of pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus sp.) have evolved in the mountainous landscape over thousands of years. The Chilkat, Chilkoot and Ferebee Rivers flow from headwaters in British Columbia and the Yukon Territories of Canada, into the fjords of the Upper Lynn Canal.
There is no single resource as closely tied to Nisga'a life and culture as salmon. For thousands of years, the rich salmon runs of the Nass River allowed our people to sustain our villages and to develop trading relationships that extended into the interior of British Columbia and up and down the coast of the Pacific Northwest.
The Stikine River originates in the Cassiar and Stikine Mountains of northwestern British Columbia and drains a 51,000-square-kilometre basin before crossing the border with the United States on the Alaska Panhandle and discharging through several channels into the Pacific. The upper portion of the river basin is a semi-arid plateau of up to 1,900 metres in elevation,