After setting aside the Final Recommended Plan prepared by the Peel Watershed Planning Commission, the Yukon government has released its own options for resource development and limited protection in the region. All of the government’s land use options, developed behind closed doors, ignore the basic principles of conservation embodied in the Recommended Plan. Instead the Yukon government wants to allow extensive roads, mining and oil and gas development in the ecological heart of the Peel watershed —going against the wishes of the Yukon public, First Nations, and tourism industry. The Yukon Party government appears willing to consider full protection in a few disjointed areas around the fringes of the Peel watershed, but not the core areas of the Wind and Bonnet Plume rivers.
The public review period for the Yukon government proposal ends on February 25, 2013.
To view the Yukon government proposal and send in your comments:
To see the Yukon government’s media release and media coverage:
For the latest news, action alerts and background information on the campaign to protect the Yukon’s 68,000 km2 Peel Watershed, visit: www.protectpeel.ca Protectpeel is loaded with images, video and the stories behind the conservation campaign. Find out what you need to know, and what you can do, to support Canada’s largest proposed protected area.
Wild Rivers of the Yukon’s Peel Watershed: A Traveller’s Guide
… is your complete source for planning a trip to the Yukon’s vast north-eastern wilderness – and learning more about the natural and cultural history of this inspiring landscape. Published in 2008 by Juri Peepre and Sarah Locke, the book is available from Yukon outdoor and bookstores (Mac’s Fireweed), Mountain Equipment Co-op (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto), and on-line from www.yukonbooks.com.
Wild Rivers is an essential companion to help you navigate the Three Rivers country (the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume), as well as the Peel, Hart, Ogilvie, Blackstone and Rat rivers. This well illustrated field reference will be a welcome gift for your friends or family who are thinking about a future northern canoeing or hiking trip.
The book features detailed river descriptions, maps, landscape and historic photos, tips on river travel in the Peel region, and engaging descriptions of the flora, fauna, geology, human history and conservation story. For more information, see About Our Book posted in the right margin.
To order the book directly from the authors, send a cheque or money order payable to Juri Peepre, 1575 Windermere Loop Road, Windermere, BC, V0B 2L2. Price: $24.95 + $1.19 GST + Shipping = $32.00 CDN. For US orders, please add $3.00 for additional shipping costs, for a total of $35.00 US. For more information, contact jpeepreatyahoodotca, or post your comment or question in this blog.