Photo of the Wind River, by Peter Mather

Leaders from the Governments of Yukon, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and the Gwich’in Tribal Council gathered today in Mayo, Yukon on August 22, 2019, to officially sign the Peel Watershed Regional Land use Pan and celebrate their shared accomplishment. The plan will guide future use of land and resources in the Peel Watershed Planning Region, 67,431 square kilometres of ecologically sensitive land in Northeastern Yukon that is home to at-risk wildlife such as the threatened boreal woodland caribou.

Once implemented, the land use plan will result in the establishment of 36,905 square kilometres of new protected areas. The planning region is divided into 16 land management units which are designated either Special Management Area (to become legally protected areas, comprising 55 per cent of planning region), Wilderness Area (25 per cent), Wilderness Area – Boreal Caribou (3 per cent) or Integrated Management Area (17 per cent). Each land management unit has specific recommendations pertaining to land use, conservation and monitoring.

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