The Yukon government is about to make an historic decision about the future of one of the world’s most precious natural treasures, the Peel Watershed. Home to the largest constellation of wild mountain rivers in North America, the 68,000 square kilometre watershed is one of the last great intact ecosystems on the continent.
CPAWS supporters and individuals from across the country participated in consultations that helped the Peel Land Use Planning Commission shape its Final Recommended Plan, released in 2011, which recommends protecting 80% of the Peel’s extraordinary wilderness. This honours the overwhelming support by First Nations and the Yukon public for Peel protection while still leaving some of the watershed open to paced industrial development.
Despite all of the time, effort, thorough consultation and careful consideration that went into the Commission’s Final Recommended Plan, the Yukon Government has now decided to shelve it. Instead, they’re putting forward a completely new proposal they developed unilaterally, without the input of the Commission, local First Nations, or the general public.
Speak up now to protect the Peel!
Join with First Nations, local people, tourism organizations and guide outfitters to support the Commission’s Final Recommended Plan. Let the Yukon government know you don't want a plan that would allow roads, mining, and oil and gas development throughout our treasured Peel Watershed.