Necessary Journeys Awards

Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison are a husband-and-wife storytelling and adventure team who work on pressing conservation issues in compelling and creative ways. In 1998 and 1999 they hiked, skied and canoed for 3,400 kilometres along proposed wildlife corridors from Yellowstone, Wyoming, to Canada's Yukon (Y2Y Hike). In 2003, they again laced up their boots and migrated for 5 months across the Yukon and Alaska with the endangered Porcupine Caribou Herd (Being Caribou). In 2007, they took their two-year-old toddler and paddled, portaged, and sailed across Canada to meet writer Farley Mowat (Finding Farley). They share all they saw and learned on these remarkable journeys through award-winning books and films.

Based in Canmore, Alberta, the writing-and-filmaking duo also work on issues close to home. Most recently, Leanne co-created Bear 71 (2012), an interactive documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada which not only examines how grizzly bears and trains clash but looks critically at technology’s effect on our relationship with nature. She has also created short web-based videos for a number of local wildlife research and conservation projects.

Karsten recently took a position as the President of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y). Yup, an office job, but one he couldn't be more suited for. Stayed tuned for regular Blog Posts from Karsten in the coming weeks.

Y2Y Hike Being Caribou Finding Farley Bear 71