Canada is a pioneer when it comes to parks – we have one of the oldest and most extensive park systems in the world. But we shouldn’t grow complacent. With industry and other users competing for the remnants of Canada’s fast-disappearing great wilderness, it is more important than ever to preserve as many deserving and unique wild places as can. CPAWS Yukon is dedicated to creating new protected areas, parks and wilderness corridors.
It isn’t enough to simply set land aside, you must also protect it into the future.
A growing population and expanded industry will continue to put pressure and stress on wild places that society protected.
CPAWS serves as a watchdog to make sure parks and protected areas are well managed, so the wilderness we’ve set aside today remains so tomorrow.
The shifting climate is affecting the North faster than other regions. Yukoners know this better than anyone, as melting permafrost causes buildings to slump in Dawson, soil erosion to accelerate at Herschel Island, glaciers to melt in Kluane and glacial-fed rivers to run dry in nearby Atlin, BC.
The Yukon has wealth of plant and animal life, and it is up to us to protect large swaths of representative ecoregions to ensure this wild heritage has a chance of weathering the storm. As a national organization, CPAWS sits at the cutting edge of climate change and biodiversity research.
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