ENVIRONMENT YUKON






 

Planning

 

 

 

Yukon’s population is on the rise. Population density is only 0.1 people per square kilometer.


 

 

There are seven planning regions identified in Yukon with plans completed for one region.


 

 

Forest resource management plans are in place for the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Teslin Tlingit, and Champagne and Aishihik Traditional Territories.


 

 

In order to plan for long-term sustainability, all eight Yukon municipalities have official community plans and there are local area plans for eight of Yukon’s unincorporated communities.


 

 

Land identified for conservation purposes in Yukon amount to a total of 63,275 km2 of the territory. Of that, 61,486 km2 or 12.7 per cent are protected lands.


 

Land use activities

 

 

The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board assessed 190 project proposals in 2014. The majority of project assessments were received in the Whitehorse and Dawson City areas.


 

 

In 2016, the Government of Yukon’s campgrounds included 42 campgrounds and 12 day-use recreation sites. Yukon residents are increasingly using territorial campgrounds.


 

Solid Waste

 

 

The total amount of waste diverted from the Whitehorse landfill by composting and recycling has increased by 63 per cent since 2012.


 

Forests

 

 

Dramatic fluctuations in area burned occur annually. Fires greater than 200 hectares usually represent a small percentage of all fires but account for most of the overall area burned.


 

 

Human caused fires are clustered near settlements and roads; in most cases, the area burned by human caused fires is small in relation to the area burned by naturally occurring fires.


 

 

The most significant disturbance detected in the 2015 Forest Health Survey was caused by large aspen tortrix—a moth that defoliates trembling aspen.


 

Wetlands

 

 

There have been a number of wetland initiatives carried out by the Government of Yukon over the last 15 years, including wetland classification, best practices, environmental assessment, inventory, management planning for specific wetlands, and monitoring of environmental change.


 

Alien and introduced species

 

 

As of November 2016, an estimated 166 alien plant species have been identified in Yukon. Twenty of these are considered invasive. Other species that have been introduced to Yukon include three mammal, four bird, and two fish species.