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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta K COMBINE 36 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wedneidoy, July 36, 1972 Jewel of park system WfflTEHOHSE, Y.T. (CP) Someday the Kluane will be recognized as the jewel in Canada's national park sys- tem, says Manfred Iloefs, a student at the Uni- versity of British Columbia who has spent most of the last three years in this part southwest Yukon. Hoefs, a 36-year-old biolo- gist, organized the persons living along the east- ern boundaries o[ the area Hfld drew up a pe- tition which was sent to Ot- tawa last year seeking na- tional park status for the Kluane. Ottawa agreed. Few Canadians had ever heard of the Kluane until the government announced i n February this year that it would be one of the three na- tional parks to be created in the North. The others will be located on the South Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories and on Baffin Island in the eastern Arctic. The Muane's most cele- brated attrastion is Mount Logan, highest peak in Canada. The park can be divided into three gen- eral landscape types: the high glacial mountains, the alpine tundra mountain area and the glaciated river valleys. HAS SPRUCE FOREST Summits in the Kluane Range average to feet. Most of it is alpine tun- dra with spruce forest on the lower slopes. Westwards, tlie elevations rise steadily and peaks coa- lesce under ice to form a broad, high glacier plateau between and feet known as the Icefield Ranges. This plateau forms a base for the high peaks of the St. Elias Mountains. The St. Elias forms the core of the area. It includes the most massive and some of the highest mountains in North America. The major peaks, all over feet, include Mount Lucania, Mount Steele, Mount St. Elias, Mount Van- couver, Mount Hubbard and the imposing block of Mount Logan. Another outstanding land feature is the Shakwak Valley which extends along most of the northeastern boundary. The Alaska Highway runs through much of this 140-mile trench. Kluane Lake, 40 miles long and three miles wide in places, is in the centre of the valley. It is the largest lake in the Yukon. HAS DRY CLIMATE One of the most surprising aspects of the valley is its semi-arid climate. Annual precipitation is less than 10 inches. In the park area In general, Mr. Hoefs says the winters "are really not that bad." "There is a Chinook nearly every month which raises the temperature above freezing. "The first flowers, pussy willow and crocus, appear in mid-May and last of the ice is generally out of the lakes by the end of June." In summer the valley is vir- tually free of mosquitoes and black flies. Much is actually prairie country and many of the plants are what one would ex- pect to find in Alberta or Sas- katchewan. These grasslands make the winter range for the Dall sheep for which the Kluane is famous. Mr. Hoofs estimates there are more than Dall sheep in the park. Moose are also common. 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