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Introducing '19 WCS Speaker Alex Hall from Fort Smith, NT

Alex Hall needs no introduction to this crowd :) He was the first professional canoeing guide in what is now the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. His one-man company, Canoe Arctic Inc., operated for 43 years in the Barren Lands and northern fringes of the boreal forest. I'm sure Alex paddled with many of you before he was forced to retire from his guiding business last April at the age of 75 after a diagnosis of

cancer. He is the author of “Discovering Eden: a Lifetime of Paddling Arctic Rivers.” The photo above was taken in 2017 with Alex's sons Graham and Evan, on his second to last trip with Canoe Arctic Inc.
Alex was recently honored with a 2018 NWT Tourism Award for an outstanding service as the longest-serving tourism operator in the territory. Alex started Canoe Arctic Inc. in 1971.
Alex will provide the data on the numbers of large mammals in the Barren Lands that are presently known and what biologists understand and speculate regarding the causes of these dramatic changes.”

“Mainland barren-ground caribou populations of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have crashed in the 2000s from 1.5 million animals in the 1990s to some 400,000 at present. One of the four major herds has completely disappeared and a second one is now close to it. As a result, tundra wolves have virtually disappeared over huge parts of the Barren Lands (mainland arctic tundra). Muskoxen have greatly increased in numbers and have recolonized all of the Barren Lands in recent years after near extinction in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Now, they are also found deep in the boreal forest, hundreds of miles south of treeline. However, muskoxen have become scarce in the old muskox strongholds like the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary.
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I'm so excited that we can all welcome Alex in person when he takes stage at the 34th annual Wilderness and Canoe Symposium. I've been looking forward to this for a long while. Book your seats today to join me and hundreds of other wilderness paddlers in thanking Alex for his lifetime achievements.
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