CPAWS Yukon is running a one-week flash fundraiser for our Week for the Wild to help species at risk right here in our own backyard. In the Yukon, the woodland caribou that call the Peel watershed home need your help!
The Woodland caribou, a large, shy cousin to the better-known reindeer and migratory tundra caribou, was once found nearly everywhere there were forests in northern North America. Over the past 100 years, their habitat has shrunk dramatically. Today, Woodland caribou are mostly confined to Canada’s northern Boreal Forest.
The Yukon's Peel River Watershed, home to the at-risk woodland caribou, is one of the largest and most beautiful intact natural areas left in North America. Industrial development threatens to fragment this stunning landscape and harm its delicate ecological balance. Over a year ago, after 6 years of careful study and consultation, the Peel Land Use Planning Commission recommended protecting 80% of this extraordinary wilderness with the remainder open to carefully controlled development.
CPAWS Yukon is working with aboriginal governments, local organizations, community leaders and the public to share information and encourage the government to adopt the Final Recommended Plan of the Peel Watershed Planning Commission as the only legitimate plan for the future of the Peel Watershed. The adoption of the Final Recommended Plan will make sure that the woodland caribou who call the Peel Watershed home will have their habitat permanently protected.
Find out more: http://cpawsyukon.org/campaigns/peel-watershed
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