Land Use Planning
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.
The Yukon's Peel River Watershed is one of the largest and most beautiful intact natural areas left in North America. The region encompasses 68,000 km² of rugged mountain river landscapes and supports thriving wildlife populations. The region is the ancestral homeland of three Yukon First Nations – the Na-cho Nyak Dun, Vuntut Gwitchin, Tr’ondek Hwech’in - and the Tetlit Gwich’in of the North West Territories.
Local area planning occurs on a smaller scale for unincorporated areas of public and private land, and official community plans are creative for municipalities.
Regional land use planning derives from Yukon First Nations Final Agreements. Seven regional land use plans are proposed for the Yukon