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Roadside bear hunting recommendations released
March 2, 2015 — The Yukon government has waived the confidentiality requirement for the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board’s recommendations concerning bear hunting next to major highways. The board has made three recommendations regarding the proposed regulation change. The proposed change would make it unlawful to harvest grizzly during the spring hunting season within 30 metres of the centre line of the highway in southwest Yukon. The minister has up to 60 days to respond formally to the board, with an option of a 30-day extension. (YG news release)
What we heard on proposed recycling system changes
February 24, 2015 — Feedback received during the public review of proposed changes to the recycling system has been summarized in the document Comments on Proposed Changes to the Recycling System under the Environment Act. The review period ran from September to November 2014. Proposed changes will affect the Beverage Container Regulations and the Designated Material Regulation under the Environment Act.
February issue of e-newsletter released
February 12, 2015 — As much as we'd enjoy dancing with our new Minister, it was a game of outdoor hockey that we had in mind. See what we mean in the latest edition of our e-news. Also, learn more about Water Week 2015, moose on Two-Mile Hill, a Yukon River deer rescue and Y2C2. View all our back issues and get your own subscription, delivered monthly to your inbox.
January 26, 2015 — Environment Yukon is investigating the unreported killing of a collared grizzly bear between April 27 and May 5, 2014. Call the TIPP line (1-800-661-0525), file a report online, or call Whitehorse District Conservation Officer Services at 867-667-8005. (Poster)
Double issue of e-newsletter available
January 21, 2015 – The first 2015 issue of our e-newsletter has been delivered! You can take a look at it here. This special December/January double issue features information about the Environmental Awareness Fund, Yukon species at risk, Yukon Water Strategy progress and a lot more. Get your own subscription here.
December 18, 2014 – Bison hunting will resume from January 1 to February 14 in nine game management subzones bordering the Alaska and North Klondike highways, part of the Aishihik wood bison herd's core range. This change responds to concerns about the Aishihik herd's movement and population growth as well as requests from local hunters for better access. Plan your hunt today! (YG news release, CAFN notice and map)
Wolf sightings around Whitehorse
December 1, 2014 – Wolf sightings have been reported around Whitehorse. While wolves are generally not a threat to humans, they are opportunistic predators and will exploit easily available food sources, including pets. COs encourage residents to keep close supervision on their domestic animals. Learn more about wolf safety.
November 18, 2014 – The latest Environment Yukon e-newsletter has been released. This edition highlights our Climate Change Youth Ambassador, upcoming Basic Trapper Training courses and the fast approaching deadline to submit comments about the proposed changes to Yukon's recycling system –plus lots more. Sign up to have our newsletter delivered directly into your inbox as well as view past issues here.
Information wanted: Moose meat wasted near Jackson Lake
November 14, 2014 – Environment Yukon is investigating the discovery of over 40 lbs. of abandoned moose meat near Jackson Lake, Whitehorse, on November 10. Conservation officers are asking the public for any information on this case. Call the TIPP line (1-800-661-0525) or file a report online.
November 3, 2014 – Environment Yukon has ordered an emergency closure for caribou hunting starting November 5. The affected area includes the Dempster Highway from km 77 (North Fork Pass) to km 195 (Ogilvie River Bridge). Because the vast majority of the caribou in these sub-zones belong to the Hart River herd, harvesting rights under the Porcupine Caribou Management Agreement do not extend to these sub-zones at this time. Learn more.
October 31, 2014 – Environment Yukon is investigating the harvest of a bison on or shortly before Wednesday, Oct. 8. This harvest took place in a closed area and has not been reported. Conservation Officers are asking the public for any information concerning any hunters or other people who may have been in the area that day. Call the TIPP line (1-800-661-0525), file a report online, or call the District Office at 867-634-2247.
Bison hunters: early winter herd location map
October 27, 2014 – The new early winter location map for the Aishihik wood bison herd is now available. You can download a PDF of the map online or purchase a copy for $10 at any Environment Yukon office. For more information about hunting bison and general Yukon hunting regulations, please refer to 2014-15 Hunting Regulations Summary.
October e-newsletter released
October 16, 2014 – The latest Environment Yukon e-newsletter has been released. This edition highlights the current public review of the proposed recycling system changes, a new publication about mushrooms, a call for nominations for some boards and councils, plus a few more timely items. Sign up to have our newsletter delivered directly into your inbox, as well as view past issues here.
Dempster Hwy Snowmobile Use
October 15, 2014 – Effective today, hunters can use their snowmobiles along the Dempster Highway corridor from Kilometre 68 to the Yukon-NWT border. If weather conditions change, snowmobile closures may come into effect to protect the fragile ground cover from damage. Hunters are reminded that they cannot harass or chase animals while on snowmobiles.
Electric fence workshop in Whitehorse Oct. 3
September 30, 2014 – This hands-on workshop will cover fencing options, costs, set-up and maintenance. Electric fencing is an effective way to prevent bears and other wildlife from accessing property that contains attractants such as gardens, crops, livestock, animal feed, compost and fuel. Presentation is on October 3, 6 pm at the Whitehorse Rifle and Pistol Club Range.
2014-15 Trapping Regulations Summary available
September 23, 2014 – The 2014-15 Yukon Trapping Regulations Summary is now available at all Environment Yukon offices. The booklet provides new trap use requirements for 2015, an outline of trapping regulations and information of interest to trappers. Learn more about changes to this year's regulations and to view or download a PDF of the booklet.
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)
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