Take Action at this Critical Time for the Peel Watershed
The Yukon government recently made an historic decision: to open one of the world's biggest natural treasures, the Peel River watershed, to development. Home to the greatest constellation of wild mountain rivers in North America, the Peel Watershed is one of the last large intact ecosystems on the continent.
A coalition of three Yukon First Nations and two Yukon environmental organizations have launched a legal case to defend the Peel Watershed, represented by Thomas R. Berger, O.C, Q.C. After a victory in court in 2014 they are now gearing up to defend that victory through an appeal by the Yukon Government on August 20th and 21st, 2015.
After 6 years of careful study and consultation, the Peel Watershed Land Use Planning Commission recommended protecting 80% of this extraordinary wilderness with the remaining 20% open to carefully controlled development. The Yukon Government's announcement on January 21, 2014, threw out the Peel Watershed Land Use Planning Commission's Final Recommended Plan and instead implemented the government's own unilateral plan for the region. This new plan resulted in 71% of the region being opened up for mineral and oil and gas staking.
Learn about the differences between the Final Recommended Plan and the Yukon Government Plan.
Join with local people, First Nations, tourism and guide outfitting industries in support of the Peel Land Use Planning Commission's Final Recommended Plan.
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