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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.

The Peel Watershed

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.

The regional land use planning process for the Peel Watershed began in 2004. In 2011 after extensive public and government consultations, the Peel Planning Commission produced a Final Recommended Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan. This plan proposed an approximate 80-20 split between protection and development. The majority of the Yukon public and the affected First Nations supported this plan. 

The Yukon government opposed this plan and unilaterally implemented their own plan for the Peel despite enormous opposition. The government’s plan opens over 70% of the region to development. In response, the affected First Nations and two environmental NGOs – the Yukon Conservation Society and CPAWS Yukon – took the Yukon government to court. The case has been heard at the Yukon Supreme Court and the Yukon Court of Appeal, and will be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada in March 2017.

For detailed information about the Peel Watershed, the court case and what you can do to help protect Yukon’s great boreal wilderness, please visit 

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