ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Department of Environment Spatial Data

Administrative Boundaries

These datasets are administrative units created by the Department of Environment and are used in the management of Yukon's wildlife. The data are distributed as Esri file-geodatabase, shapefile and/or Google Earth KML formats.

Game Management (Hunting) Areas

Game Management Zone 8 with nested subzones, north east of WhitehorseGame Management Areas (GMAs) are legal boundaries that define an area within which big game management objectives can be met through the setting of area specific regulations. In other words, GMAs are used to manage Yukon wildlife species. GMAs are a combination of Game Management Zone (GMZ or Zone) and Game Management Subzone (GMS or Subzone). There are 443 GMAs in the Yukon which are grouped together into 11 Zones. In general, Zone boundaries follow highway centrelines and Subzone boundaries follow creeks and rivers. In effect, GMAs delineate mountain blocks, which reflects their original use as sheep management units. Despite this original intent, GMAs are now used to manage all species of Yukon wildlife. With the exception of National Parks, the entire Yukon is covered by GMAs. GMAs are legally defined by the 1:250,000 scale map series: reg97041.

Download: 1:250,000 Game Management Areas

Outfitter Concessions

Outfitter Concession 4, north of Keno & ElsaOutfitter Concessions (OCs) which are also known as Outfitting Areas, are legal boundaries that define an area where the holder of the concession has the exclusive right to outfit non-residents for the purpose of hunting big game animals (excepting special guiding licenses). If a non-resident wishes to hunt in the Yukon they must do so accompanied by a Yukon resident--either a private individual who does this for free, or a commercial operator who does this as a business(an outfitter). Each outfitter is licensed to operate within a particular OA. There are 20 such concessions in the Yukon--one per licensed outfitter. OAs are largely (but not always) defined by groupings of Game Management Areas. There are several areas within the Yukon (exclusive of National Parks) which are not covered by OAs. OAs are legally defined by the 1:250,000 scale map series: reg97040.

Download: 1:250,000 Outfitting Concessions

Registered Trapping Concessions

Group Trapping Concession 450 with nested RTCs, surrounds Wolf Lake, north-east of TeslinRegistered Trapping Concessions (RTCs) are legal boundaries that define an area where the holder of the concession has the exclusive right to trap furbearing animals. Because trapping is done primarily along waterways, RTCs are often defined by watersheds, using height of land (ridges and mountain peaks) as their boundaries. This is the opposite of GMAs which are defined by mountains. Sometimes RTCs are grouped together to form a Group Trapping Concession (in which groups of individual share the right to trap). This may or may not involve the elimination of the component RTC boundaries. The Yukon has 360 RTCs and 13 Group Trapping Concessions. Only Kluane National Park, Kluane Wildlife Sanctuary, and Ddhaw Gro Habitat Protection are are not covered by RTCs. RTCs are legally defined by the 1:250,000 scale map series: reg97039.

Download: 1:250,000 Trapping Concessions