On the southern edge of the Liard River plain pointing north, a mountain range stands alone rising from the plateau. Caribou rely on its rich and expansive open slopes above the treeline. Mountain sheep and goats live in its steeper climbs. Moose command the wetlands below, near lakes with evocative names like Looncry and Deadwood.
The Kaska call this place Ne’ah’, the place where animals go to get fat. Others use its modern name, the Horseranch Range.
On January 25, 2012, the Premier along with Dave Porter, Grand Chief of the Kaska Nation, announced the creation of a new protected area, Ne’ah’, and special management area, ‘Gu Cha Duga Zone'. Gu Cha Duga means "for the grandchildren" in a Kaska Dene dialect. The protected area and special management area total 600,000 hectares.
CPAWS has spent over a decade working with the Kaska to protect Ne’ah’. We congratulate the Kaska Nation and the Government of British Columbia for this important announcement.
Ne'ah' is situated east of the Dease River, just under the Yukon border. It’s also immediately adjacent to the magnificent Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, which contains a large constellation of protected areas in B.C.’s northeast. Thus, Ne’ah’ adds its “fat” animals to the already significant conservation in the neighbouring M-K. Waters on the eastern side of the Horseranch Range flow down gentle slopes and rich tundra feeding the Kechika River in the M-K.
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