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News Archive

Public review of Yukon's recycling system launched
September 18, 2014 – The Yukon government is seeking public comment on its plans to modernize the recycling regulations. The current system began in 1992 to reduce beverage containers in landfills, and later added specific tires. Proposed changes will ensure that recycling fees better cover the costs of diverting and processing recyclable materials. The deadline for comment is November 21, 2014. Learn more and provide your input.

Youth ambassador named for COP 20 in Peru
September 17, 2014– Whitehorse resident Aletta Leitch, 23, was selected from among 10 candidates who applied to be this year's Climate Change Youth Ambassador for Yukon. Aletta will accompany government delegates to the Conference of the Parties (COP 20), an international climate change negotiation conference in Lima, Peru from December 8 to 12, 2014. (YG News Release)

September e-newsletter released
September 15, 2014 – The latest Environment Yukon e-newsletter was released last week. It's chock-full of the latest information and updates. Find out about a unique fall wildlife viewing activity and a sheep horn study that summarizes over 40 years of data collection. You can sign up to have our monthly e-newsletter delivered directly into your inbox, as well as view past issues here.

Bears are still active in Yukon
September 10, 2014 – This is a reminder to all Yukoners that no matter where you live, you're in bear country. The best way to prevent a negative encounter with a bear is to minimize household attractants. Keep garbage and compost secure and out of reach. You can also use electric fencing as safe and effective way to protect property and livestock. Let's all do our part to help keep bears wild and alive. Learn more.

Summary of thinhorn sheep research published
September 8, 2014 – The Yukon government has been collecting information about sheep horns since the 1970s. Find out what the horns reveal in the new booklet Yukon Thinhorn Sheep: Horn Growth, Genetics and Climate Change, which summarizes the results of over 40 years of sheep data collection and analysis. The booklet is full of fascinating findings and lots of photos. View the full-colour PDF version or pick up a black & white print copy at any Environment Yukon office.

Minister commends Yukon River chinook managers
August 26, 2014– Minister of Environment Currie Dixon has thanked First Nation, tribal, state and federal governments for their effort to responsibly manage this year's Yukon River chinook salmon run. This approach bodes well for future returns of the fishery. (YG News Release)

Orphan cubs to move to the Calgary Zoo
August 22, 2014 – The black bear cubs temporarily living at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve will be moving to a permanent home with the Calgary Zoo, where they will be safe and well-cared for. Minister of Environment Currie Dixon thanked the preserve staff for their extra effort to house and care for the cubs since mid-July. Their mother was dispatched when she became a threat to public safety as a result of unsecured garbage and compost. (YG News Release)

Environment Act permit regime updated
August 20 , 2014 – The Yukon government has improved the permitting regime to create a simplified and responsive system that is more flexible for clients but also encourages compliance. Application fees have been eliminated and permit duration increased to a maximum of 10 years. (YG News Release)

Campground services extended to September 30
August 14, 2014– Full services will be available at 10 Yukon government campground until September 30. Residents and tourists alike can now camp in comfort during the fall shoulder season. Check the campground availability page to find out your options. (YG News Release)

August Environment Yukon e-newsletter release
August 12, 2014 – This month's newsletter features bear safety; it's berry season, and where's there's berries there are surely bears! You'll also find information about the Tombstone Information Centre, the 2014-15 Hunting Regulations Summary and a new website for the Pan-Territorial Adaption Partnership on climate change. Find out what's happening with Environment's Fish and Wildlife projects as well. Sign up to have to the e-newsletter delivered directly to your in-box.

Businesses: special waste disposal now available
July 28, 2014 – If your business is storing special or hazardous waste such as used oil, antifreeze, solvents and batteries, call Environment Yukon to arrange for our annual collection service. We'll pick up your waste and cover the cost of transporting it to the proper disposal or recycling facility. Your business is responsible for disposal costs. Deadline to register is August 6, 2014. To sign up or learn more call 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5636

Public meetings for proposed Conrad campground
July 24, 2014 – The Yukon government seeks public comment about its plans to build a new campground on Tagish Lake’s Windy Arm, 16 km south of Carcross. Meetings are scheduled to take place on July 30 in Carcross and July 31 in Whitehorse.

Closure of the Yukon River salmon fishery
July 18, 2014 – (Updated Aug. 1) All angling for salmon in the Yukon River is prohibited until further notice. This means that anglers cannot target salmon or use gear that would normally be used to catch salmon in the Yukon River and its tributaries. For more information, read the July 31 Yukon River Salmon Update notice. Subscribe to updates from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

July Environment Yukon e-newsletter released
July 15, 2014 – This month’s e-newsletter features news about events that celebrate Canada’s Parks Day in Yukon, and a climate change event for youth. Find out more about how to manage bear attractants at your home and learn about how Yukoners topped the charts in Canadian Nature Survey. There's also a link to a Yukon water website and the new Fish Health Handbook. Subscribe to the newsletter.

Celebrate Canada's Parks Day in Yukon
July 8, 2014 – Join in the fun between July 16-21 at scheduled events such as a boat trip to Fort Selkirk Historic Site; guided hikes to Canyon City and a barbeque at Tombstone Interpretive Centre - plus many more. Canada's Parks Day is an opportunity to take part in outdoor events at parks and historic sites across the country.

An evening of climate change conversation & activity for young people
July 7, 2014 – The Climate Change Secretariat is hosting "Climate Change Conversations" – a chance for people aged 19-29 to exchange information with Yukon government staff about climate change issues. There will be activities as well, and refreshments will be served. This event takes place July 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Whitehorse Public Library.

Fishing closures along the Yukon and Tatchun rivers
July 7, 2014 – To protect Chinook salmon, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has banned fishing for ALL species in the Tatchun River and an area of the Yukon River at/below the mouth of the Tatchun. This fishing closure is in place until August 22, 2014. The DFO ban on Chinook salmon fishing along the Yukon River (including tributaries) will remain in place until September 15, 2014, or until further notice.

Loops 2 & 3 of Kusawa Lake campground closed
July 4, 2014 – The Department of Environment has closed loops two and three at Kusawa Lake territorial campground until further notice. Loop one remains open. The campground is located off the Alaska Highway, between Whitehorse and Haines Junction. The closure is prompted by an elevated flood risk due to higher than normal rainfall. Parks Officers are monitoring the campground. Check the campground availability page for updates.

WP&YR pesticide application permit withdrawn
July 4, 2014 – The DeAngelo Brothers have withdrawn their application to allow for the use of pesticides along the White Pass and Yukon Route railway in the Yukon portion of the line. As a result, the public review of their permit application has been cancelled. Read a a letter from John Finlayson, the President of White Pass & Yukon Route here.

Permit hunt draw results now available
June 26, 2014 – The results of the 2014 Permit Hunt Authorization draw are now available online. Permit hunts are used to manage overall species population numbers and improve hunt quality. Environment Yukon received 3,209 PHA applications this year – a record number. You can find out more about the draw results and permit hunts here.

Family Fishing Weekend 2014
June 30, 2014 – It’s easy to catch a memory during Family Fishing Weekend because Yukon residents can fish without an angling license from July 4 to 7. Environment Yukon is hosting free family events on Saturday, July 5. All are welcome to come and learn about fishing or to pass on knowledge to the next generation.

No Chinook salmon fishing on the Yukon River
June 24, 2014 – The Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has banned recreational fishing for Chinook salmon on the Yukon River effective June 25 until noon, September 15, 2014, or until further notice. The zero limit on recreational daily fish catch and possession has been enacted to protect the low population of spawning Chinook. The fishing ban includes all Yukon River tributaries.

Public review of Pesticide Application Permit
June 23, 2014 – The DeAngelo Brothers Corporation has applied for a permit to allow for the application of pesticides along the White Pass & Yukon Route railway in the Yukon portion of the line, which includes Bennett Lake. To ensure public concerns are taken into account in the permit application review, a 14-day public review period will begin on June 23 and last until July 7. Click here for information on how to provide your input.

Free lecture by Bob McDonald – host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks
June 11, 2014 – Environment Yukon’s After Hours Speakers Series is hosting a free public lecture in Whitehorse by Bob McDonald called Surviving the 3rd Millennium. Climate change, droughts on the prairies, floods on the coasts, energy shortage…the future can look scary sometimes. Bob is optimistic that we can engineer our way through another thousand years of civilization and that Canada is in a position to lead the way. Join us on Sunday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Yukon Arts Centre.

Canadian Nature Survey results released

June 9, 2014 – More than 80 per cent of adult Yukoners choose to live here in part to have access to nature. This and other fascinating facts can be found in the 2012 Canadian Nature Survey results report released June 6. The survey found that Yukoners spend a lot of time engaged in nature-based recreation. The survey results improve our understanding of the importance of nature and biodiversity to Canadians. Learn more.

Are you our next Climate Change Youth Ambassador?
June 5, 2014 – The Yukon government is seeking applications for the position of Climate Change Youth Ambassador. You would be part of the Yukon delegation to the international climate change conference (COP 20) held in Peru in December. The deadline to apply is 4 pm Friday, June 20. Learn more.

Read the State of the Environment Report
May 23, 2014 – Minister of Environment Currie Dixon tabled the State of the Environment 2014 full report on May 6. For the first time ever an eight page highlights document was also produced to make it easier for the public to access the information. The report focuses on climate change; air and water quality; land; and fish and wildlife. Find the full report and highlights here.

Permit Hunt Authorization applications now available
May 21, 2014 – Hunters can pick up this year’s PHA draw application at their local Environment Yukon office. The deadline to submit is June 20, 2014. Apply early to avoid the last minute line ups. You can find out more about the application process here.

YG partners with Canada on climate change
May 14, 2014 – The Government of Yukon, in partnership with the Government of Canada, is significantly expanding its role in climate change research with the announcement of six new projects that deal with adaptation and climate change. (YG News Release)

Fish and Wildlife Branch Highlights 2014 report released
May 14, 2014 – Minister of Environment Currie Dixon tabled the Fish and Wildlife Branch Highlights 2014 report in the Legislative Assembly today. The report highlights just some of the projects and accomplishments of 2013 that demonstrate how the branch puts the department's commitment to sharing knowledge into action.

Hunter check stops are back
April 29, 2014 – You may encounter a hunter check stop while travelling on Yukon roads and highways during spring bear hunting season. Conservation Officers use these check stops to collect information used for wildlife management and to ensure hunters are complying with the Wildlife Act and its regulations.

WHART 2014 in Whitehorse this week

April 27, 2014 – Environment Yukon is proud to host the 2014 Wildlife-Human Attack Response Training (WHART) workshop. Experts from around the world are in Whitehorse to educate industry professionals in a wide array of topics. COs, wildlife biologists and others from the Yukon and beyond will participate in training that serves the safety of both the public and wildlife. WHART 2014 runs from April 28 to May 1.

April 2014 e-newsletter released
April 16, 2014 – This month’s e-newsletter features news about events that celebrate the return of swans to Yukon, as well as new exhibits at Swan Haven. Find out more about a new amphibian management plan and what we heard in the Environment Act public review. There's also a link to a video of Yukon wildlife caught on a motion detecting camera. Subscribe to the newsletter here.

Aquatic invasive species awareness campaign launched
April 9, 2014 – We're posting new signs to generate awareness about aquatic invasive species and to help safeguard Yukon’s biodiversity. Didymo algae, zebra mussels, New Zealand mud snails and waterweed pose a high risk of introduction and spread in Yukon. In some parts of North America invasive species are responsible for habitat damage, loss of resources and economic loss. (YG News Release)

Bill 73, An Act to Amend the Environment Act tabled
April 1, 2014 – The Yukon government is putting modern environmental protection measures in place. Bill 73 updates the existing Environment Act to allow activities such as recycling, solid waste management plans and contaminated sites to be more effectively dealt with. (YG News Release)

New angling and hunting licences available
April 1, 2014 – A reminder to anglers and hunters that 2013-14 licences expired on March 31. If you plan on doing any fishing or hunting you'll need to pick up a new licence, which is valid from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. Licences can be purchased at your local Environment Yukon office.

Be alert for caribou on the highway
March 26, 2014 – In recent weeks, groups of Southern Lakes caribou have been reported along the Alaska Highway south of Whitehorse, and the Carcross and Tagish Roads. Report caribou sightings and road kill to Environment Yukon’s TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525 or fill out an online form. Be aware, drive safe.

Celebrate Canada Water Week March 17-24
March 14, 2014 – Get involved by participating in fun, free and educational events around Whitehorse. Attend a water-themed film or art event. Stop by for a guided tour of McIntyre Marsh or bring the kids out to a water song and story day. Together, we can raise the profile and understanding of water and the value it brings to our lives. View the full schedule of Water Week events here. (YG News Release)

Clean up planned for Old Crow contaminated sites
March 7, 2014– The Yukon government intends to clean up three sites in Old Crow for the protection of environmental and human health. Site assessments will be completed for the airport maintenance fuel facility; the aviation and marine branch fuel facility; and the nursing station. The information gathered will determine what's required for the clean-up process (site remediation). Remediation efforts will continue at three other sites in Yukon as well. (YG New Release)

Kusawa Park Public Meetings
February 25, 2014 – How do you think Kusawa Park should be managed? Tell the Kusawa Park Steering Committee what you think about key topics to be addressed in the Kusawa Park Management Plan. Share your ideas at a public meeting this February and March. Visit the Steering Committee’s website for more information.

Wanted: Yukon Youth Summer Workers
February 14, 2014– If you're between 16 and 29 years old, presently in school and are planning to return to full-time studies in the fall, Environment Yukon has a variety of exciting opportunities for you. Make a difference this summer with our Yukon Youth Conservation Corps (Y2C2) program, while having a broad range of career-building experiences. The deadline to apply is February 27.

Yukon government to proceed with Atlin Lake campground
January 22, 2014 – The new campground will be constructed to meet the wildlife, heritage and fishery recommendations that came out of the assessment process. Work will begin shortly, with the campground ready for public use in 2015. (YG News Release)

Regulation changes will reduce elk seal fees
January 20, 2014 – The Yukon government has amended the Wildlife Regulation to reduce fees for elk hunters as well as help implement the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. The elk seal is now $10 from $50. (YG News Release)

Management plan completed for Yukon amphibians
December 31, 2013 – A new Yukon government management plan will help safeguard the health of Yukon's four toad and frog species. Amphibians are regarded as a good indicator of local environmental health and are culturally important to many First Nations. (YG News Release)

New Animal Health Act will help protect animal and human health
December 30, 2013 – The new Animal Health Act will come into effect on January 1, 2014, ushering in a modern, effective, legal framework for government to respond to the full range of animal health issues and their impacts on human health. The new act has a broader scope, applying not only to disease but also to hazards, such as toxins. As well, it also now applies to carcasses and animal products, as well as live animals. (YG News Release)

Nominations invited for 2014 Excellence in Water Stewardship Award
November 26, 2013 – Nominations for the 2014 Excellence in Water Stewardship Award are now open. The award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and leadership in water stewardship. All partnerships, businesses, institutions, municipalities, community groups and other organizations are eligible to apply, with a deadline of January 14, 2014. (YG News Release)

Dempster Highway Snowmobile Use Advisory
November 20, 2013 – You can now snowmobile along the Dempster Highway corridor from Km 68 to the Yukon-NWT border. If conditions change, closures may come into effect to protect the fragile ground cover from damage. Hunters are reminded that Km 0 to 195 remains closed to caribou hunting.

Ta’Tla Mun and Łύtsäw Wetland management plans updated
November 18, 2013 – The updated management plans for Łύtsäw Wetland Habitat Protection Area and Ta’tla Mun Special Management Area provide sound management advice for these important wetlands near Pelly Crossing. Environment Yukon looks forward to working with the Selkirk First Nation to implement the plans’ recommendations over the coming years.

Bill 62: Animal Health Act tabled
November 6, 2013 – A modernized version of the Animal Health Act will allow the Yukon government to protect livestock and wildlife health, support local food security and help safeguard human health. It supports the government's commitments to a better quality of life and to the environment. (YG News Release)

Two reports tabled with the Legislative Assembly
November 6, 2013 – Minister of Environment Currie Dixon today tabled two new reports with MLAs. The Wildlife Viewing Strategy outlines a vision for promoting and developing viewing opportunities in Yukon, and invites interested departments, communities, and organisations to participate. The Fish and Wildlife Branch Highlights 2012 profiles some of the diverse projects the branch and its management partners undertook in 2012.

Public review of proposed Wildlife Act regulation changes
November 5, 2013 – The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board (YFWMB) is seeking public comment on 10 proposed changes to hunting, fishing and trapping rules. Comments can be made online, by fax, by email or mail. The deadline is December 6. For more information visit the YFWMB website

Carmacks bison hunting workshop cancelled
October 29, 2013 – The Hunter Education and Ethics Development moose hunting workshop set for Wednesday night in Carmacks has been cancelled because no one registered.

View caribou up close
October 17, 2013– Join wildlife viewing biologists on Oct. 19th and 20th to look at some of the thousands of Fortymile caribou currently in the Dawson City area. This is a special opportunity to view barren-ground caribou and to learn more about the Fortymile herd. Meet at the Dempster Highway cut-off.

No caribou hunting on Dempster Highway KM 0 to KM 195
October 8, 2013– The Yukon government has ordered no hunting of caribou in the Dawson City area and along the Dempster Highway starting October 8th. Licenced hunters cannot hunt caribou south of the Ogilvie River bridge at KM 195 until August 1, 2014. Click here for more information about the emergency conservation order to protect the Hart River and Fortymile caribou herds. (Information Poster)

Easier than ever to report environmental violations
October 8, 2013– In addition to the TIPP Line (1-800-661-0525), the public can now turn in poachers and polluters online by filling out a simple form. The online form allows for immediate photo submissions, and provides the same level of anonymity and opportunity for cash rewards as calls to the TIPP Line. Both the online reporting form and the TIPP Line are available 24 hours a day, seven days week.

Public meetings for proposed Atlin Lake campground

September 26, 2013 – The Yukon government seeks public comment about its plans to build a new campground on Atlin Lake. Meetings are scheduled to take place between October 8-10 in Carcross/Tagish, Whitehorse, and Atlin. Click here for specific meeting times and dates or to find out more about the proposed campground.

Humane trapping rules for lynx, ermine and otter

September 20, 2013 – The Yukon government has amended the Trapping Regulations so that Yukon furs can continue to be sold around the world. The new rules require trappers to use certified humane killing traps for lynx and ermine from Oct. 1, 2015 onward, and for otter starting Oct. 1, 2016. (YG News Release)

Available now: Animal Health Act review comments
September 3, 2013– The summary of the public review on proposed changes to the Animal Health Act is now available on the Environment Yukon website. The modernized act will enable a more comprehensive response to animal diseases in both livestock and wildlife as well as support food security and the protection of public health. Click here for the PDF of the report.

Comments on Draft Yukon Water Strategy published
August 28, 2013 – The final report summarizing the feedback received during the public review of the Draft Yukon Water Strategy is available on our website here. The report reflects feedback from 126 formal submissions, as well as 145 attendees at public meetings.

Angling closure on Teslin River

August 21, 2013 - To protect spawning Chinook Salmon, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has closed a portion of the Teslin River to all angling from August 15 to September 2, from Johnson’s Crossing to Muskrat Creek.

Whitehorse open house for Environment Act Review
August 20, 2013 – Public review of proposed changes to the Environment Act is now underway. Share your feedback in person on September 12 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Yukon Inn Fireside Room. Comments can still be made by email, fax or mail by the October 14, 2013 deadline.

Youth Climate Change Ambassador named
July 24, 2013 – The Climate Change Secretariat has selected Scott Bradley of Dawson City as Yukon's Climate Change Youth Ambassador. He will be joining two Yukon government staff at a major UN conference on climate change Nov. 11-22 in Warsaw, Poland. (YG News Release)

Atlin Lake Campground: Your comments wanted
July 17, 2013 – In order to meet the growing demand for recreational opportunities in Yukon, the Government of Yukon plans to build a new roadside campground near Atlin Lake. For more information visit the Atlin Lake Campground page ... then use this online survey to provide input into design options by August 12.

Modernizing how permits are issued under the Environment Act

July 2, 2013 – The proposed permits process responds to long-standing concerns about the current rules and simplifies permit provisions to create one flexible, cost-efefective process. The Yukon government is seeking public input until August 31, 2013. (YG News Release)

2013 Permit Hunt Draw Results Available

June 25, 2013 – The draw results for the 2013 permit hunt are now posted. Permit hunts are used to manage overall species population numbers and improve hunt quality. A lottery is used to assign Permit Hunt Authorizations (PHA)

Government provides multi-year funding for the Yukon Wildlife Preserve
June 24, 2013 – A new five-year-long funding agreement with the Yukon Wildlife Preserve Operating Society will allow the preserve to focus its energies on providing a safe, secure and healthy natural environment for its wildlife collection. (YG News Release)

Family Fishing Weekend 2013
June 21, 2013 – It’s easy to catch a memory during Family Fishing Weekend because Yukon residents can fish without an angling license from June 28 to July 1. Environment Yukon is hosting free family events throughout the weekend. All are welcome to come and learn about fishing or to pass on knowledge to the next generation.

2013-14 Hunting Regulations Summary now available online
June 7, 2013 – Check out what's new for 2013-14 on the PDF version of the summary. Learn about the new rules in place to keep Chronic Wasting Disease out of Yukon. The print version of the summary will be ready in plenty of time for hunting season.

Permit Hunt Authorization applications available
May 23, 2013 – You must apply for a Permit Hunt Authorization (PHA) if you want to hunt moose, caribou, sheep, goat, deer or elk in a permit area. The deadline for 2013 PHA applications is Friday, June 21.

ELC Program releases five-year strategic plan
May 16, 2013 – The Ecological & Landscape Classification (ELC) Program Five-Year Strategic Plan outlines a vision for a territory-wide ecological classification and mapping program that provides expert knowledge of Yukon landscapes and map products

New rules for reducing Chronic Wasting Disease
May 2, 2013 – Previously, Environment Yukon asked hunters to voluntarily refrain from bringing home certain body parts from animals harvested outside of the territory. Now, through the Wildlife Regulation, the Yukon government prohibits the import or possession of members of the deer family (cervids) killed outside of Yukon. (YG News Release)

Yukon State of the Environment Report 2013

April 25, 2013 – The 2013 report is now available on our website. The report allows the public to monitor how Yukon is achieving the goal of maintaining and enhancing the quality of Yukon’s natural environment. It provides information on climate change, air, water, land, and fish and wildlife, and uses indicators to track and interpret change.

Find out what tigers can teach us
April 12, 2013–Environment Yukon, in partnership with the Yukon Science Institute, is hosting author John Vaillant for a free evening talk on Ten Lessons from a Tiger. This free event will begin at 7:30 pm on Sunday, April 21, at the Yukon Arts Centre. Find out how tigers, a remarkable and intelligent animal, might have some things to teach us humans about diet, resource management and getting along with others. (YG News Release)

April Snow Survey Bulletin Available
April 11, 2013 – Generally the April Yukon snowpack is quite variable ranging from below normal (70 - 90%) in Northern Yukon and the Haines Junction area, to above normal (110 - 130 %) in central and southeastern Yukon. Southwestern, south central regions and the Peel watershed have a normal (90 - 110%) snowpack, while the Faro and Ross River area have a snowpack in the order of 130 to 150% of normal.

Public Review of Animal Health Act
March 26, 2013– Proposed changes to the Animal Health Act will help the Yukon government respond more quickly and effectively to health threats involving wild and domestic animals. They also recognize the impacts that animal diseases can have on human health, which the current act doesn’t do. The deadline for comments is May 31, 2013 (new deadline). (YG News Release)

Draft Yukon Water Strategy released for public review
March 20, 2013- All Yukoners are invited to participate in the development of a water strategy that will guide the Yukon government’s approach to water management for the benefit of water users and the environment. Comments are sought on the proposed vision, principles and goals as well as six priorities and the short and long-term actions for achieving them. Comments are welcomed until close of business May 31. (YG News Release)

Updated late-winter map for Aishihik wood bison

March 19, 2013 - An updated map showing areas of concentration for the herd in late winter (Feb-March) is now available. This map includes location data obtained during aerial surveys from March 2011 to March 2013.

March Snow Survey Bulletin Available
March 12, 2013 – Territorial snow pack conditions are normal except for the Faro and Ross River area (150 per cent of normal) and the Haines Junction area (85 per cent of normal). It is too early in the season for Water Resources Branch hydrologists to make accurate predictions for spring run-off levels.

Attn Hwy Drivers: Be alert for caribou
March 8, 2013 – More Southern Lakes caribou than usual have been reported along key highways near Whitehorse this month. Vehicle collisions are the biggest cause of death for the Carcross caribou herd and can injure drivers too. Report your caribou sightings and any roadkill you see to the Environment Yukon TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525.


Public review of Tombstone Management Plan
February 19, 2013 - What do you think about how Tombstone Territorial Park is being managed? Tell the Park Management Committee what you think at one of the upcoming public meetings or online at www.tombstonepark.ca. The deadline for comments is April 7, 2013.

New map for Aishihik wood bison
February 14, 2013 - An updated map showing areas of concentration for the herd in late winter (Feb-March) is now available. Data for the past five years showing where radio collared bison (and some groups with no collars) have been found during late winter.

Calling all artists - Celebration of Swans Poster Contest
January 17, 2013 - Every year a collectible poster is produced featuring a local, swan-inspired art piece that celebrates spring. Submit an image of your art for our poster context by Friday, February 15.

Chisana caribou management plan released
January 16, 2013 - The Management Plan for the Chisana Caribou Herd 2010-2015 calls for a collaborative approach to promote the sustainable use of wildlife resources. It is intended to support a stable or increasing population of Chisana caribou in western Yukon. The Government of Yukon, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, White River First Nation, Kluane First Nation, U.S. National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service jointly developed the plan.

Excellence in Water Stewardship Award
January 8, 2013 – The Water Stewardship Award recognizes the collective obligation of Canadians and their governments to be responsible water stewards. Organizations, partnerships, businesses, institutions, or community groups that contribute to water stewardship in the Yukon, can apply, or nominate a worthy group by January 31, 2013.

Winter access to Kluane and Chilkoot recreation areas
December 21, 2012 - The territorial and federal governments have arranged for winter access to the Kluane National Park and Reserve and the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site. By plowing out the Kathleen Lake campground and Log Cabin parking lot, the governments are supporting winter tourism and enhancing safety. (News Release)

Caribou migrating in southern Yukon
November 7, 2012 – Attention highway drivers: Caribou in the Southern Lakes and southeast Yukon regions are on the move to their winter ranges. When you see caribou near the highway, slow down and be alert. Drive to current road conditions and pay attention to warning signs. Please report your observations of caribou near the highway and any roadkill caribou you see to the Environment Yukon TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525. Be aware, drive safe!


No hunting Hart River Caribou on the Dempster Highway
October 31, 2012 – As of November 1, 2012, licenced hunters cannot harvest caribou found in Game Management Subzones 2-16, 2-23, 2-27, 2-28 and 2-39 (including the Dempster Highway from North Fork Pass to the Ogilvie River Bridge). There are no Porcupine caribou along this stretch of the Dempster Highway right now so the risk of overhunting the Hart River caribou in the area is very high.

Dempster Highway corridor open to snowmobiles
October 31 , 2012 - You can now use your snowmobile for travel along the Dempster Highway corridor from the Ogilve River Bridge to the Yukon-NWT border. If weather conditions change, snowmobile closures may come into effect.

Climate change progress report now available

October 10, 2012 – 17 of the 33 priority actions called for in the Yukon Government Climate Change Action Plan have been completed, with the remaining actions either ongoing or under development. Detailed information about work to date is set out in the Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report. (YG News Release)

New bison management plan
September 4, 2012 - The Government of Yukon has adopted the Management Plan for the Aishihik Wood Bison Herd. The plan provides a broad framework to guide the management of the herd, while addressing local concerns and interests. The annual bison hunt will be the primary tool for maintaining the herd at or near 1,000 animals.


Voluntary no hunting request
October 2, 2012 - The voluntary moose hunting closure is now in effect for GMS 4-45 near Faro. By hunting elsewhere, moose hunters help achieve conservation goals for the area without the need for regulation. Please do not hunt moose in GMS 4-45.

Reminder for licensed hunters - Kill report deadline
September 4, 2012 - Kill reports and compulsory submissions for most species are due no later than 15 days after the end of the month in which you successfully hunted. If you were successful in October, your deadline is November 15. Find out more about compulsory submissions, biological samples and kill reports in this year's Hunting Regulations Summary. You can pick up a hard copy wherever hunting licences are sold.

Hunter check stops are back
August 17, 2012 - You can expect to see hunter check stops on Yukon roads now that big game hunting season is open. Environment Yukon’s Conservation Officers use these check stops to collect information used for wildlife management and to ensure that hunters are complying with the Wildlife Act and its regulations. Your cooperation with Conservation Officers at hunter check stops is appreciated.

2012-13 Hunting Regulations Summary now available online
July 16, 2012 - Get ready for hunting season by reviewing this year's summary, especially the 'Important Changes' section on page 2. The print version will be available in Environment Yukon offices by late July.

Permit Hunt Draw Results
June 19, 2012 - June 19, 2012 - The permit hunt lottery is complete. Draw results are now available for caribou, deer, elk, goat, moose and sheep hunting permits.

Bear Sightings Map
May 23, 2012 - Confirmed bear sightings near residential areas in and around Whitehorse are being posted on a new Bear Sightings Map. The aim is to alert residents to nearby bears and to promote the importance of keeping residential yards free of bear attractants.

Operation Spring Clean
May 14, 2012 – Conservation Officers and Bylaw Officers are on the lookout May 14 - 21 for improperly secured wastes in vehicles. The goal of ‘Operation Spring Clean’ is to protect Yukon’s environment and enhance public safety. Make sure debris can’t fall off your vehicle while you’re on the road.

2012 State of the Environment Interim Report
May 9, 2012 – Environment Yukon has published the 2012 State of the Environment Interim Report which highlights the best available information on the status of climate change, air, water, land and fish and wildlife in Yukon.

A new plan for wolf conservation and management
May 10, 2012 - The Yukon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan 2012 is part of the Yukon government’s ongoing commitment to promote the sustainable use of wildlife resources. The plan is intended to guide wolf conservation and management throughout Yukon, ensuring that the roles of wolves and their prey species are respected. (YG News Release)

Government now issuing Flood Risk Reports weekly
April 18, 2012 - Environment Yukon and Emergency Measures Organization continually assess potential flood risk across Yukon. A weekly flood risk report is now issued and is available online. Please note the risk level can change quickly pending weather conditions.

Wildlife Regulations amended

Jan. 23, 2012 - Amended hunting rules under the Wildlife Regulations will better protect Dall sheep in the Kusawa area and several woodland caribou herds. These changes reflect not only the views of the public, hunters and Renewable Resources Councils but also the best available scientific and local knowledge.


Client Services

Environment Yukon

Government of Yukon

Box 2703 (V-3A)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-5652
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5652
Fax: 867-393-7197

Email: environmentyukon@gov.yk.ca



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