After more than six years of careful study and consultation, the Peel Land Use Planning Commission’s Final Recommended Plan recommends protecting 80% of this extraordinary wilderness. Affected First Nations wanted 100% protection but are willing to accept the Commission’s Final Recommended Plan. Home to the largest network of wild mountain rivers in North America, the 68,000 km2 Peel Watershed is one of the last great intact ecosystems on the continent.
More than 3000 Canadians joined our in partnership with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society to protect the Peel Watershed. Those who signed our petition joined with First Nations, local supporters, tourism organizations and guide outfitters in support of the Final Recommended Plan. We've submitted these names to the Yukon government's consultation on the Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan. This means the Yukon government will soon know just how many Canadians are in support of a fair and balanced plan for the Peel Watershed.
We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who signed on to this campaign. This brings the public consultation component of the campaign to a close. It's now time for the Yukon government and affected First Nation governments to engage in intergovernmental consultations. While we expect a decision this spring or summer, we'll keep you posted as to whether we need more input or support from you, our incredible community of conservationists!
Photo courtesy Peter Mather, CPAWS.