Forest Resource Management Planning




Forest management as defined in the Forest Resources Act means:

The practical application of scientific, biological, social, cultural and economic information and traditional knowledge of first nations to the management, use and conservation of forests to meet specific public interest goals and objectives, while maintaining the productivity and health of the forest.

The Forest Resources Act outlines the planning process, purpose, and scope of forest resources management plans in accordance with Chapter 17 of First Nations Final Agreements.

The completion of a Forest Resources Management plan is the first step in ensuring certainty for a timber harvesting land base. In following with the principles of these strategic level plans, a timber supply analysis (TSA) is conducted using forest inventory data and other inputs. The TSA is a technical process that considers what sustainable harvest levels and economic opportunities may look like within the planning area while integrating ecological, traditional, heritage and other community values. The TSA is a key component of determining an annual allowable cut for public lands within a planning area.

There are three levels of Yukon forest planning: forest resources management plans, timber harvest plans and site plans. These plans are part of the suite of forest management tools available under the Forest Resources Act in order to promote sustainable use of forest resources.




Do forest harvesting techniques impact caribou habitat?


Bull caribou.


Since 2009, the departments of Energy, Mines and Resources and Environment have been working on a long-term study identifying the effects that forest harvesting has on caribou habitat, specifically the abundance of terrestrial lichen in the Lewes Marsh area.

During the winters of 2014-15 and 2015-16, variable retention harvesting was completed in three-9 ha blocks that were divided into three treatment units (1/3 basal area removal, 2/3 basal area removal and 100 per cent retention– non-harvested controls).

Post-harvest vegetation assessments were conducted in the summer of 2016. Baseline data was gathered and will be used to measure the relationship between canopy closure and lichen abundance in response to forest harvesting.

A video was prepared in cooperation with staff from Forest Management branch and Yukon Environment. Please click on this link to view: https://www.youtube.com/user/emryukongovernment





What is happening?



  • Plans have been completed for the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Teslin Tlingit Council, and Champagne and Aishihik First Nation Traditional Territories.
  • In 2013, the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and the Government of Yukon signed a renewed three-year implementation agreement that enables the parties to continue working collaboratively under the Strategic Forest Management Plan in the Champagne and Aishihik Traditional Territory.
  • Work is underway to produce a forest management plan in the Whitehorse/ Southern Lakes planning area. The process includes participation from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.
  • The Department of Energy, Mines and Resources is working with Kaska First Nations to finalize a forest resources management plan for southeast Yukon.
  • Timber supply analysis processes are underway in the Haines Junction and Dawson planning regions. A new forest vegetation inventory and detailed aerial photography are available for Haines Junction and Whitehorse.


Forest Resources Management Plans Status
Champagne and Aishihik Traditional Territory Strategic Southwest Forest Management Plan Current 2004
Dawson Forest Resources Management Plan Current 2013
Forest Management Plan for the Teslin Tlingit Traditional Territory Current 2006
Integrated Landscape Plan For the Champagne and Aishihik Traditional Territory Current 2007
Southern Lakes Forest Resources Management Plan Underway
Southeast Forest Resources Management Plan Underway



Gunnar Nilsson-Michey Lammers Research Forest.