Archive for November, 2008

Peel Watershed Planning Commission Starts Work On Land Use Scenarios

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

See also: Peel conservation background information

The Peel Watershed Planning Commission has launched its process to develop land use scenarios in the Yukon’s Peel watershed. This will lead to preparation of the recommended land use plan in 2009. For more information, visit

According to the Commission’s press release in October 2008,

“Considerable research has been needed to paint a picture about resource values and interests in the Peel. With that now complete, we look forward to engaging the public in a fair and transparent approach to create a land-use plan that will serve Yukoners and all Canadians well into the future”.

“The current Scenarios phase is aimed at understanding current land-use interests, resource values and potential development into a set of options for preparation of a Draft Land-Use Plan over the next six months.”

In September 2008, the Commission released the Resource and Conservation Priorities Assessment reports.

Download these reports at:

What is the Planning Commission?

The Peel Watershed Planning Commission will recommend a draft regional land use plan for the Peel watershed. The Commission has six public members nominated by the Na-cho Nyak Dun, the Gwich’in Tribal Council, a joint Yukon Government/Vuntut Gwitchin nominee, a joint Yukon Government/ Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in nominee and two Yukon Government nominees.

The stated goal of the Peel Watershed Land Use Plan is “to ensure wilderness characteristics, wildlife and their habitats, cultural resources, and waters are maintained over time while managing resource use. These uses include, but are not limited to, traditional use, trapping, recreation, outfitting, wilderness tourism, subsistence harvesting, and the exploration and development of non-renewable resources.”

To comment on Peel Watershed Planning:

Peel Watershed Planning Commission

307 Jarvis Street, Suite 201
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2H3
Tel: (867) 667-2374
Fax: (867) 667-4624
Toll free: 1-866-353-2374

To support Peel Watershed Conservation work:

Contact the Yukon Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society to take action, and to find out more about the public perspective on conservation values in the Peel watershed.