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YCS helps people get outside and promotes awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the Yukon’s ecosystems.


YCS supports the conservation and protection of Yukon wild places.


YCS supports humane, sustainable and responsible management of wildlife.


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

Dawson Regional Land Use Plan

The Yukon Government, the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation, and the Yukon Land Use Planning Council re-established a regional planning process around Dawson City. This new Commission has begun work in spring 2019 with the aim to deliver a regional plan. There is a Dawson Regional Planning Commission website. The Dawson Regional Land Use Plan (DRLUP)) area encompasses 39,854 km2. There is one major Yukon community within it, the City of Dawson. 

Dawson Regional Land Use Plan map

The above map is from the Dawson Regional Planning Commission. A PDF can be downloaded here


YCS Issues and Interests submission December 2019

YCS has submitted its priorities we want to see in the Dawson Regional Land Use Plan. We encourage you to read it, and to consider providing your own submission at

The new deadline for submissions is January 6th 2020.

We have some key messages to assist you in crafting a submission:

  • The Yukon River corridor should be a Special Management Area (SMA). This means a special management plan for the river and the riparian areas and cliffs adjacent to the river.

  • At least half the planning region should be set aside for conservation purposes.

  • There should be a moratorium on mineral staking in the planning region while the plan is being developed, at the very least areas of high conservation values should be withdrawn from staking.

  • The wilderness characteristics of most of the planning region should be maintained.

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