Authors and Contributors

Karsten Heuer - Essayist

Karsten Heuer

Recipient of the 2003 Wilburforce Foundation Conservation Leadership Award, Karsten Heuer has spent the better part of the last decade studying and, in some cases, actually following wide-ranging and threatened wildlife on foot. He has worked as a wildlife biologist and park warden in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa; in Canada’s Yukon Territory; and in Banff and Jasper national parks in the Canadian Rockies. Accompanied by his wife, Leanne Allison, and his border collie, he walked 2,200 miles from Yellowstone to the Yukon in 1998 and 1999, and another 1,000 miles to Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with the 123,000-member Porcupine Caribou herd in 2003. He is the author of Walking the Big Wild: From Yellowstone to the Yukon on the Grizzly Bear’s Trail (The Mountaineers Books, 2004) and Being Caribou (The Mountaineers Books, 2005). He is now President of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and lives with his wife and son in Canmore, Alberta.

Karsten Heuer contributed "The Wilder Side of a Wild Walk" to Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam (Braided River, 2005) and the epilogue to Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies (Braided River, forthcoming May 2014). Visit his "Necessary Journeys" website for more information about his work.