Community-based fish and wildlife work plans




Strategic work planning helps to identify long-term and cooperative management solutions to help support healthy fish and wildlife populations.

Community-based fish and wildlife work plans are one way that the Government of Yukon, First Nation governments, and renewable resources councils work together to decide the priority fish and wildlife management issues for an area and propose cooperative approaches for addressing these issues. Tracking the implementation of these work plans is one measure of effective fish and wildlife management.

Cow moose with two calves.


What is happening?


  • There are four community-based fish and wildlife work plans currently in place.
  • Science, traditional and local knowledge is considered in the development and implementation of these plans.
  • The Southern Lakes Regional Wildlife Assessment and Recommendations was developed by governments (First Nations, Yukon, Canada, and British Columbia) to recover and conserve wildlife populations and their habitat in the Southern Lakes area.

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Taking action


  • Many fish and wildlife surveys and habitat mapping initiatives have been completed in traditional territories because of issues identified through community based planning.
  • Opportunities for working with different agencies to address fish and wildlife management concerns in communities are often identified through these work plans.
  • Art work done by youth in the communities have been featured in the completed plans.


Recovery of Moose in Alsek





Environment Yukon, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, and the Alsek Renewable Resources Council are collaborating on a community-based project to recover the Alsek moose population, located west of Kusawa Lake.

This management action is intended to stabilize and recover the Alsek moose population because it has declined and there were concerns about the sustainability of harvest. It responds to concerns raised through the community fish and wildlife work planning for the Champagne and Aishihik Traditional Territory.

The pilot program has three important components:

  • A harvest management strategy to support sustainable harvest levels by First Nation and licenced hunters.
  • A trapping initiative to promote community members being on the land, encourage stewardship of wildlife resources, increase education and trapping skills and assist the moose recovery effort by increasing wolf harvest in the Alsek region.
  • Enhanced monitoring of moose and wolf numbers to evaluate management efforts. Yukon government conducted a moose census in November 2015, in collaboration with the Government of BC and Parks Canada. A wolf survey was completed in February 2016 to better understand wolf distribution and abundance in the area. Additional monitoring work is planned throughout the duration of the project.