Love Nature? Help Protect the Peel! - Feb 12, 2013
Thanks to everyone for sending in your letters in support of protecting the Peel River watershed. We had a strong response to this campaign. Please visit our Peel campaign page for more information and updates.
A Precious Natural Treasure
The Peel River Watershed, located in Canada's Yukon Territory, is considered one of the world's most precious natural treasures.
Ten times the size of Banff National Park and seven times as large as Yellowstone National Park, the area is prime grizzly bear, caribou, moose and Dolly Varden char habitat.
It is also the northern anchor of the Y2Y vision of a network of protected areas connected by wildlife movement corridors. If protected, it would double the amount of protected habitat throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon region.
The industry-friendly Yukon government wishes to develop this untouched land. We have until February 25th to urge them to make the right decision and protect it!
YUKON GOVERNMENT IGNORES FIRST NATIONS AND PUBLIC
By law, land use in the Yukon requires extensive consultation with First Nations and other stakeholders.
A planning commission set up by the government for this purpose recommended in 2009 that 80% of the Peel River watershed be protected from development. After two further years of discussion, a final recommended plan published in 2011 reiterated the proposal for 80% protection.
The affected First Nations and a majority of the Yukon public support the Planning Commission’s Final Recommended Plan.
Despite this widespread consensus, the Yukon Government has proposed four alternative scenarios for the Peel’s future - all of which would allow roads and industrial development throughout the watershed - even in so-called “Protected Areas.”
Please take one minute to email the Yukon government and let it know you support the plan to protect 80% of the Peel.
To make the process easy, Y2Y has drafted a letter with all the key points necessary. Please personalize our draft letter or create your own.
The submission deadline is February 25th, 2013
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