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YCS promotes and enhances awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the Yukon’s ecosystems.


YCS supports the conservation and protection of the Yukon’s natural resources.


YCS supports humane, sustainable and responsible management of wildlife


YCS is a watchdog for development and researches smart solutions for our territory.

Land Use Planning

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Land use planning is critical in the Yukon. It is a collaborative way that the Yukon people can use social, environmental, economic and cultural information and knowledge to collectively determine what and how land should be protected, developed and managed in the territory. The Yukon Conservation Society feels that land use planning is critical for managing cumulative impacts and sustaining functioning ecosystems that support our quality of life in the Yukon and beyond.

There are different kinds of land use planning in the territory; regional and local.

Related News & Events

State of Industry in the Yukon August 2017

August 10, 2017

If you’re like us in the YCS Office, your head is spinning when it comes to the mining, and oil and gas industries in the Yukon – big news is breaking regularly and project developments are coming fast and furious. To help you keep track, we’ve summarized the status of projects currently in the news.

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The Peel Watershed

The Yukon's Peel River Watershed is one of the largest and most beautiful intact natural areas left in North America. Encompassing 68,000 km² of mountains, rivers, forests, wetlands, it is the ancestral homeland of three Yukon First Nations, and provides crucial habitat for wildlife. A decades-long fight to protect the Watershed from industrial development culminated in December 2017, when the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its decision in the Peel Watershed legal case. The unanimous decision upholds a plan to protect Peel Watershed and sets a precedent for how modern treaties will be interpreted across Canada.

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Whitehorse Area

Local area planning occurs on a smaller scale for unincorporated areas of public and private land, and official community plans are creative for municipalities.  

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