What is Ecological & Landscape Classification (ELC)?

Ecosystems, the biotic community and its abiotic environment, develop as a result of the interaction between soils, terrain, landscape position and vegetation. The scale (or size) of ecosystems relates to the ecological processes that you want to describe.

Diagram showing ELC components

Ecosystem classification and mapping refers to an integrated approach to land survey in which areas or units of land are classified and mapped according to their ecological similarity.

In Yukon, we describe and map ecosystems at scales that help us manage Yukon resources and activities.

Application in management

The aims of ecosystem classification and mapping are to provide primary information on the biological and physical characteristics of various landscape components in order to facilitate a range of interpretations and assist in sustainable management.

These landscape descriptions can be used for a range of applications including land use planning, environmental assessment, forest management, best management practices, habitat management, climate change risk assessment and adaptation.

A formalized ELC program in Yukon is a necessary component for the success of these initiatives.



Ecological & Land Classification Program

Environment Yukon

Government of Yukon

Box 2703 (V-2)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-3081
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 local 3081
Fax: 867-393-6213

Email: elc@gov.yk.ca