Yukon’s newly released Parks Strategy sets an important vision for healthy wild spaces
Whitehorse, Yukon – Today the Government of Yukon released the Yukon Parks Strategy, to guide the establishment and management of territorial parks.
As climate change and habitat degradation threatens wildlife populations across the globe, this strategy provides a framework for lessening these impacts and ensuring that the Yukon’s plants, animals, and landscapes can stay healthy for future generations.
Previously, parks were considered on a case-by-case basis. The new strategy shifts to establishing parks as part of a network of protected areas across the territory through “systematic planning, establishment and management.” This approach will benefit wildlife who rely on moving freely across the Yukon’s landscapes. Conservation on a large scale will help provide the Yukon with more of the necessary tools to navigate our current climate emergency.
“There’s a lot to like about the new parks strategy,” says Chris Rider, Executive Director of CPAWS Yukon. “It sets out a strong vision for how the Yukon can move forward as we work to protect wild spaces for future generations.”
“This strategy is a big step forward for making sure the places that matter to wildlife and people continue to thrive,” said Randi Newton, Conservation Manager at CPAWS Yukon “It will help us make better decisions during land use planning processes, including the ongoing Dawson Land Use Plan. “
Many Yukoners depend on healthy wild spaces for subsistence, wellbeing and lifestyle. The Covid-19 pandemic has further emphasized the connection between health of wild spaces and human health. A robust parks strategy will be a key part of a green recovery for the Yukon.
Adil Darvesh, CPAWS Yukon Communications Coordinator