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The following are chiefly publications and reports authored by and/or available through CPAWS-Yukon. Some documents are available for download in Acrobat (PDF) format. Otherwise, you can request any of the following titles by contacting CPAWS-Yukon at info@cpawsyukon.org or 867-393-8080 for more information on the report, or to receive a copy. Some reports are out of print, but they can be photocopied and mailed at cost.

 

Title: Canada's Parks in 2009
The good, the bad, and the ugly

Date produced: July, 2009
Description:
Parks Day took place on July 18, 2009. It's an opportunity for Canadians to celebrate the largest national park system in the world, to enjoy provincial parks, and reflect on our progres — and challenges — in protecting our wilderness.

Click here to read the report on the CPAWS National Web site, where it is also available for download in PDF format.

 

Title: Peel Watershed International Significance from the Perspective of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, by Yukon Parks
Date produced: March, 2008
Description:
This study was commissioned by the Yukon Parks Branch of the Department of Environment, Government of Yukon to assess the international significance of the Peel Watershed's wilderness quality with respect to its biodiversity and recreation values. It examines the watershed at Arctic and continental (North America) scales, as well as in more detail as a river basin to conclude that the Hart river watershed and adjacent unfragmented areas represent core wilderness. The report adds that the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume watersheds also afford wilderness values, including biodiversity, that complement and in some cases exceed those in the Hart watershed.

Download this report:
peel-international-significance.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~50K)

Title: Summary of CPAWS-Yukon Review of Peel Watershed Planning Commission's Report - Strategic Overview of Possible Mineral Development Scenarios
Date produced: May, 2007
Description:
CPAWS-Yukon is gravely concerned with biases inherent in this [the Gartner-Lee] report. It appears to assume that the highest and best use of Yukon public lands is mining. We thought that the report was to objectively assess potential mineral development scenarios, based on good data and defensible assumptions. It fails to do that. It is further flawed because it does not consider normal constraints to mineral development. Consequently it inflates the significance of the Peel’s mineral resources and could unduly skew planning outcomes in the Peel watershed.

Download this report:
cpaws-peel-mineral-dev-response.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~50K)

Title: Three Rivers: The Yukon’s Great Boreal Wilderness
Date produced: April, 2007
Description:
This colourful brochure discusses CPAWS Yukon's goal to protect and conserve the wilderness of the Three Rivers and the ecological integrity of the greater Peel watershed.

Download this brochure:
threerivers-greatboreal.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~400K)

Title: The Spruce Bark Beetle in the Boreal Forest of SW Yukon - Perceptions and Reality
Date produced: March, 2007
Description:
For more than a decade, the spruce bark beetle has been spreading through the forests of the SW Yukon. Most of us have probably formed an opinion on the effects the spruce bark beetle has on the environment, the economy, and on our community, and how we might best deal with this phenomenon. Public opinions encompass a broad range of, often conflicting, views, adding to confusion regarding perceptions and reality of the beetle outbreak in our forests. Concerned residents of the Haines Junction area thought it would be helpful to bring some clarity to this issue by consulting knowledgeable people in governments, non-government organizations and universities.

Download this flyer:
spruce-bark-beetle.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~270K)

Title: Peel Appeal
Date produced: February, 2007
Description:
Conservation in the Peel Watershed could conserve a globally important mountain boreal ecosystem both for its inherent value and as a benchmark for more developed ecosystems elsewhere, would allow for appropriate new economic and community development compatible with a healthy ecosystem, and more.

Download this report:
cpaws-peel-appeal.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~360K)

Title: Review of Strategic Overview of Possible Mineral Development Scenarios – Phase 1 Peel River Watershed Planning Region (the Gartner Lee report)
Date produced: January, 2007
Description:
CPAWS-Yukon is gravely concerned with an inherent bias in this report: that a priori the highest and best use of land is mining. The report appears to assume that the public interest – these are public lands – is best served by exploitation of mineral resources, seemingly invoking the anachronistic doctrine of manifest destiny for mining.

Download this report:
peel-mining-response.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~70K)

Title: What's happening in and around the Peel Watershed?
Date produced: November, 2006
Description: CPAWS-Yukon perseveres in its work to protect the Three Rivers wilderness and to maintain the ecological integrity of the Greater Peel Watershed.
Read the latest detailed update here.

Title: Yukon Voter Education Project 2006
Date produced: November, 2006
Description:Over a year ago we started thinking seriously about what to do around the territorial election that we knew would happen by November 2006. Several advisory council meetings and strategy sessions later, we decided to start by assessing the opportunity. In January 2006, Mac Hislop produced an analysis of past elections, voting patterns by riding, swing ridings, party strengths and vulnerabilities, recent political trends and manoeuvres – basically delineating the political landscape. The polling results pointed to an excellent opportunity for garnering conservation commitments from whomever would form the new Yukon government. Therefore we embarked on a Voter Education Project.
Read the complete report here.

Title: Economics and Environment in the Peel Watershed
Date produced: July, 2006
Description:
In the Yukon, we can have an economy where we draw from the resources of the land while making sure our “natural capital” remains intact. Pristine wildlands, free ranging wildlife and clean mountain rivers such as those of the Peel watershed are becoming rare in North America and around the world. We have a responsibility to pass these wonders of nature on to future generations – but they are also an important economic asset today for nearby communities.

Download this report:
peel-economics.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~4.2 Mb)

Title: Coalbed Methane [CBM] in Yukon?
Date produced: May, 2006
Description:

What is Coalbed Methane [CBM] and how is it extracted? — Read on.
What does Coalbed Methane development look like on the land? — Look on.
Have we ever had this kind of development activity in the Yukon before? In the North? — No.
Do we know its impacts? ... in the North? ... with permafrost? ... in hard-to-reach, pristine places? — No.
Do we have any laws or regulations for Coalbed Methane [CBM]? — No.
What are the risks and dangers to the health of humans, wildlife, land and water? — Read on.
Do we want Coalbed Methane [CBM] extraction in the Yukon? — That’s for you to decide.

Download this report:
coalbed-methane-primer.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~180K)

Title: Conservation Plan for the Peel Watershed
Date produced: April, 2006
Description:
In much of Canada, especially in the North, it is still possible to realize a meaningful conservation vision that includes an interconnected system of protected areas. But the clock is ticking and it’s later than many people realize, as Jim Pojar observes in the preamble to this report. CPAWS’ goals for the Peel Watershed are to 1) protect and conserve the globally important boreal wilderness of the Three Rivers and maintain the ecological integrity of the greater Peel watershed, and 2) create a conservation legacy that will help develop and sustain community health, vitality, and economy.

Download this report:
peel-conservation-rationale.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~540K)

Title: Economic Impacts of National Parks: Yukon Territory & Northern BC
Date produced: April, 2006
Description:
Two recent independent studies commissioned by CPAWS-Yukon, in co-operation with supporting partners, concluded that a new national park in the southern Yukon or northern British Columbia would add to the significant positive economic impacts of existing national parks on adjacent communities, the region and the Yukon Territory as a whole. This summary report was prepared by CPAWS-Yukon from two independent impact studies completed for CPAWS and their partners, by Peter Whiting of the Outspan Group, and Luigi Zanasi, Economist.

Download this report:
national-parks-economic-impacts.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~415K)

Title: A Peak into the Future
Date produced: June, 2005
Description:
Commissioned by CPAWS-Yukon, CPAWS-Northwest Territories and The Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, this Pembina Institute report presents the big picture of what Canada’s Northern regions could look like after 30 years of gas development. Click here for more information.

Title: The Potential Economic Impact of a New National Park in Natural Region #7: Wolf Lake Area of Yukon and Jennings Lake Area of British Columbia
Date produced: March, 2005
Description:
In an effort to assist with the discussion on the possible establishment of a National Park, CPAWS-Yukon Chapter in cooperation with CPAWS-BC and the Kaska Dena Council initiated this study of the potential economic impacts associated with a new park. Click here for more information.

Title: Towards a Yukon Conservation Strategy
Date produced: February, 2005
Description:
The report describes a conservation science workshop hosted by CPAWS-Yukon in February, 2005. The workshop was supported by the Wildlife Conservation Society of New York. The report concludes with suggested next steps for CPAWS to develop and spearhead a Yukon Conservation Strategy on a collaborative basis. Click here for more information.

Title: Kluane National Park and Reserve Economic Impact Analysis
Date produced: 2005
Description:
This CPAWS-initiated study was carried out in collaboration with Parks Canada, Yukon Territorial Government, Kluane Park Management Board, Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, Kluane First Nation, and the Village of Haines Junction. A Steering Committee consisting of these organizations was set up to oversee the work. Click here for more information.

Title: Eskers and Outwash Plains: Skeins of Connectivity in the Liard Basin
Date produced: December 2004
Description:
This is a report produced by Gentian Botanical Research and CPAWS-Yukon for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. It examines the role of two types of glaciofluvial landforms, eskers and outwash plains, in the regional biodiversity and landscape connectivity in the Liard Basin. The report looks at rare and uncommon plant species and communities, associated wetlands, and the preferential use of these landforms by certain vertebrate species for travel, resting, feeding and denning.

Download this report:
cpawsyukon-liard-basin-report.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~1.4 Mb)

Title: The Lower Hyland River Wildlands Study
Date produced: September 2004
Description:
Subtitled “Background Report and Recommendations for Ecosystem-based Forest Management in the Hyland River Watershed”, this report is one in a series of conservation studies and management proposals, produced by CPAWS-Yukon, for natural landscapes and watersheds in the southeast Yukon.

Download this report:
cpawsyukon-hyland-report.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~2.3 Mb)

Title: Peel Watershed Atlas
Date produced: May 2004
Description:
Now available section-by-section in downloadable form, CPAWS-Yukon developed this atlas to:

  • provide a source of public information for land use and conservation planning;
  • to assist the Renewable Resources Councils and Peel River Land Use Planning Commission in planning and management within the Peel basin;
  • to educate & inform interested parties on the conservation values and related resources in the Peel River watershed;
  • to help inform various government resource development processes, including the Oil & Gas Call for Nominations process;
  • to identify data gaps;
  • to obtain corrections/revisions to data;
  • to encourage other interested parties to provide additional data that can be used for land use and conservation planning.

Click here for descriptions and links to downloads for all sections of the atlas.

Title: Conservation Science in the Yukon
Date produced: February, 2004
Description:
The report describes a conservation science workshop hosted by CPAWS-Yukon in February, 2004. The workshop was supported by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Denver Zoological Foundation. The report includes a summary of recommendations on applying conservation science in the Yukon. Click here for more information.

Title: Yellowstone to Yukon North
Date produced: 2004
Description:
Summary notes and recommendations from a 2003 workshop on the northern part of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative co-hosted by CPAWS-Yukon and the Kaska Nation.

Title: Yukon Wild: Natural Regions of the Yukon (second edition)
Date produced: 2002
Availability: Available by mail order from CPAWS or at Mac’s Fireweed Books in Whitehorse)
Description:
This is an updated and expanded edition of the Yukon Wild originally produced in 1995. Stunning new photographs bring each of the Yukon’s 23 ecoregions to life. Status reports have been updated, and the descriptions of areas of special interest to conservation have been expanded. The second edition also features an all-new conservation atlas.

Title: Squanga Lake Area: A Preliminary Report on the Findings of a Biological Survey at Squanga Lake and area, September 2000
Date produced: May 2001
Description:
A basic inventory of birds, mammals, amphibians and vegetation in the Squanga Lake area, including a section on traditional knowledge. Squanga Lake is located north of the Alaska Highway between Jake’s Corner and Johnson’s Crossing.

Download this report:
squanga-lake-area-report.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~2.3 Mb, 54 pages)

Title: Wolf Lake Area Research Report #3.: A Preliminary Report on the Findings of Two Biological Surveys in the Wolf Lake Area: Red River Lake and Crescent Lake Area
Date produced: March 2001
Description:
A basic inventory of birds, mammals, amphibians, fish and vegetation at two lakes in the Wolf Lake area (northeast of Teslin), Red River Lake and Crescent Lake. This is the third report in a series, covering the third season of research in the Wolf Lake ecosystem.

Download this report:
wolflake-report-2001.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~4.8 Mb, 108 pages)

Title: Towards a Conservation and Protected Areas Strategy for the Southeast Yukon: Atlas & Preliminary Assessment of Conservation Values
Date produced: January 2001
Description:
This atlas provides information on ecoregions, landforms, vegetation cover, wildlife, fish and watersheds along with existing land uses and natural resources in the southeast Yukon. The maps describe conservation values. The atlas shows areas with known high conservation values, and proposes a network of protected areas and conservation lands to be based on further research and planning work. Recommendations are included.

Title: Economic Benefits of Protected Areas
Date produced: 2001
Description:
This report contains compelling evidence that the completion of a protected areas network in western Canada’s north would have significant economic and social benefits for northern communities. Learn more and download the report here.

Title: Frances Lake Wildlands Study
Date produced: September 2000
Description:
This report describes the Frances Lake ecosystem within the proposed area of interest for protection. Frances Lake is located 175 km north of Watson Lake. The report is based on a review of existing scientific knowledge, traditional knowledge reports and maps compiled by the Liard First Nation, and a field survey trip conducted in 1997.

Download this report:
frances-lake-wildlands-study.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~5.2 Mb, 85 pages)

Yukon's Tombstone Range and Blackstone Uplands: A Traveller's Guide

Title: Yukon’s Tombstone Range and Blackstone Uplands: A Traveller’s Guide
Date produced: 2000
Availability: Available by mail order from CPAWS or at Mac's Fireweed Books in Whitehorse
Description:
This guide book is designed both for people traveling the Dempster Highway who want to spend an extra day or two exploring the Tombstone region, and for wilderness travelers who want to make more extended journeys into the backcountry. The book provides information on the natural and cultural history of the region, as well as information to help people plan trips into the area. Detailed descriptions of day hikes and highway points of interest are included.

 

Title: Peel River Watershed Study: The Wind, Snake, and Bonnet Plume
Date Produced: July 2000
Description:
This report describes the physical, biological and cultural features of the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume watersheds. It supplements the field research conducted by CPAWS during several field seasons between 1995 and 1998. The field work and report were enriched by the traditional knowledge of research participants and from research by others, where it was available. Recommendations for conservation are included.

Download this report:

Title: Report of the Panel on the Ecological Integrity of Canada’s National Parks
Date Produced: March 2000
Description:
The Panel on Ecological Integrity was struck in November 1998 by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Hon. Sheila Copps, to identify issues, examine Parks Canada’s approach for maintaining ecological integrity and provide recommendations for improvement. The Panel members, including CPAWS’ Juri Peepre, travelled to a series of representative national parks to speak with park staff and other interested Canadians, to see first-hand the problems and stresses that threaten our national parks, and to develop a sense of how to address these problems.

The result of that journey is the detailed report at the link below, with specific recommendations addressed to the Minister and to the Parks Canada Agency. The Panel also wanted to share with a broader audience the fundamental substance of their findings and the thrust of their recommendations.

http://www.pc.gc.ca/docs/pc/rpts/ie-ei/report-rapport_1_E.asp

Title: Oil and Gas in the Yukon: Planning for Healthy Communities
Date Produced: 2000
Description:
Proceedings of a workshop held in Whitehorse, May 26, 2000. The purpose of the workshop was to provide First Nations, community leaders and non-government organizations with more information about the impacts of oil and gas development prior to the Yukon Government’s second “call for nominations” in the summer of 2000. This report contains summaries of the presentations and discussions as well as complete transcripts of the main presentations by Tom Marr-Laing, Bob Wynes, Mary Teya and Don Russell. Maps relating to Yukon oil and gas development are also included.

Title: Wolf Lake Area: A Preliminary Report on the Findings of a Biological Surveys at Nisutlin Lake, Wolf River and Morris Lake
Date Produced: 1999
Description:
A basic inventory of birds, mammals, amphibians, fish and vegetation in three regions of the Wolf Lake area (northeast of Teslin), Nisutlin Lake, Morris Lake and along the Wolf River. This is the second report in a series of three, covering the second field season or surveys in the Wolf Lake ecosystem.

Download this report:
wolflake-report-1999.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~5.4 Mb, 103 pages)

Title: Protecting Large Mammal Ecosystems: A Report on a Carnivore Conservation Workshop
Date produced: May 1999
Description:
Proceedings of a Carnivore Conservation workshop held in Whitehorse March 4-5, 1998. As part of a larger forum on Yukon Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring, this workshop examined the issues surrounding carnivore conservation.

Download this report:
protecting-large-mammal-ecosystems.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~2.7 Mb, 29 pages)

Title: A Northern Vision for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
Date Produced: 1999
Description:
Proceedings of a workshop held in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, September 11-13, 1998. This was the first Y2Y North gathering.

Title: People, Commerce and the Environment in the Yellowstone to Yukon Region
Date produced: 1999
Description:
Notes of a workshop held in Whitehorse April 9, 1999 by Ray Rasker of the Sonoran Institute. The focus of the workshop was to discuss community-based strategies that preserve the ecological integrity of protected lands and at the same time meet the economic goals of the communities. The report includes case studies.

Title: Wolf Lake Area: A Preliminary Report on the Findings of a Biological Survey
Date produced: 1998
Description:
A basic inventory of birds, mammals, amphibians and vegetation at Wolf Lake. This is the first report in a series of 3, covering the first field season of research.

Download this report:
wolflake-report-1998.pdf
(Acrobat [PDF] file, ~2.7 Mb, 39 pages)

Title: Grizzly Bear Habitat Evaluation, Bonnet Plume River Valley, Yukon
Date produced: March 1998
Description:
Wildlife biologist Grant MacHutchon conducted a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) habitat evaluation in the Bonnet Plume River Valley. The relative distribution and abundance of habitats, grizzly bear foods and bear sign was assessed during reconnaissance surveys and detailed habitat plots. Habitat plots evaluated vegetation and site characteristics and the site specific suitability for grizzly bears.

Title: The Wind, the Snake and the Bonnet Plume: The Wild Northern Rivers
Date produced: 1998
Availability: Available by mail order from CPAWS or at Mac's Fireweed Books in Whitehorse
Description:
A book describing the natural and cultural history of these three wild rivers in the Peel River watershed in northern Yukon. Also included is a section on conservation issues in the region. The traveller’s guide section provides information on logistics as well as more detailed descriptions on traveling on each of these three rivers.

Title: Coal River Watershed Yukon Wildlands Study
Date produced: May 1997
Description:
This report includes a summary of watershed biophysical features, as well as the results of reconnaissance field work during two seasons in the Coal River watershed in southeastern Yukon. Recommendations on potential conservation and protected areas strategies in the watershed are included.

Title: Towards a Yukon Protected Areas Strategy: Applying the Principles of Conservation Biology
Date produced: May 1997
Description:
Proceedings of a workshop on conservation biology held in Whitehorse, Yukon May 30-31, 1996. The workshop included sessions on the principles of conservation biology, case studies on ecosystem-based management in Kluane, and case studies on forestry and land management in southeast Yukon.

Title: Grizzly Bear Habitat Evaluation, Snake River Valley, Yukon
Date produced: March 1997
Description:
Wildlife biologist Grant MacHutchon conducted a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) habitat evaluation in the Snake River Valley. The relative distribution and abundance of habitats, grizzly bear foods and bear sign was assessed during reconnaissance surveys and detailed plots that evaluated vegetation and site characteristics and the site specific habitat potential for grizzly bears. A broad habitat classification was developed for the Snake River Valley based on information collected during the reconnaissance surveys and detailed habitat plots.

Title: Yukon Wild: Natural Regions of the Yukon
Date produced: 1995
Description:
Yukon Wild is a concise, illustrated guide to the 23 natural regions of the Yukon, describing their unique landforms, flora and fauna. Excerpts of writings by different authors highlight how the Yukon wilds stir the spirit of northern peoples. Status reports on conservation and protected areas outline what progress has been made – and what remains to be done – to protect wildlife habitat and representative examples of each ecoregion.

Title: Northern Protected Area and Wilderness
Date produced: 1994
Availability: Out of print, available from Yukon libraries
Description:
Proceedings of a forum on northern protected areas and wilderness held in Whitehorse, Yukon, in November of 1993. The book explores the following challenges:

  • Science, Ethics and the Care of Ecosystems
  • Completing a Protected Areas System in the North
  • Managing the Protected Areas We Have
  • Sacred Sites, Traditional Knowledge and Protected Areas
  • Benefits of Protected Areas
  • Protected Areas and the Law
  • Environmental Ethics and Education

 

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