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March 16, 2007

Burke Museum and The Mountaineers Books to Launch a 3-Exhibit Series on Conservation Issues

New Photographic Exhibit Focuses on World’s Last Intact Mountain Ecosystem:
The Rockies

This summer, the Burke Museum partners with The Mountaineer Books to launch the first of three wildlife photography exhibits grappling with the greatest conservation issues of our time. Opening June 16, Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam will feature photographs by German-born Florian Schulz of the Rocky Mountain West and documents the ambitious effort to preserve wildlife corridors from Yellowstone National Park to Canada’s Yukon Territories. Such corridors would link existing parks and public lands to ensure the survival of one of the world’s last intact mountain ecosystems.

An award winning nature photographer, Schulz has dedicated ten years of his life to documenting the drama and beauty of North America’s largest wildlife corridor: the Rocky Mountains. His 40 large format color photographs have captured the drama and beauty of this Western ecosystem and its diverse landscapes, wildlife, and people. Schulz has received honors from the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and Nature’s Best International Photography Awards.

Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam is organized by the Burke Museum in collaboration with The Mountaineers Books and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Over the next three years, the Burke Museum is collaborating with The Mountaineers Books and other environmental organizations to produce and present three exhibitions of nature photography, each linked to a critical environmental issue, including corridor protection, biodiversity, and climate change. The exhibits will premiere at the Burke Museum and tour museums throughout the United States and Canada.

Initial support for the new touring exhibitions has been provided by the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation,Peach Foundation, The Norcliffe Foundation, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and the Wilburforce Foundation.

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