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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.

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.

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Wetlands photo

YCS has been advocating for wetlands protection in the Yukon.

For more information click here!

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Road Ecology

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YCS has developed a presentation on Road Ecology- the study of the ecological impacts of Roads in the Yukon.

Go to our Land Use Planning page to view the presentation!

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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 upheld the Umbrella Final Agreement and its land use planning process, and set 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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