Photo: Peter Mather
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 trout habitat.
The Conservation Alliance has twice funded Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society's Peel River Campaign, to secure strong protection for all or most of the 17-million-acre Peel River watershed with significant First Nations participation in long-term policy and management.
The Yukon government is about to make an historic decision about the future of this precious natural treasure.
CPAWS supporters and individuals from across the country participated in consultations that helped the Peel Land Use Planning Commission shape its Final Recommended Plan, released in 2011, which recommends protecting 80% of the Peel's extraordinary wilderness. This honors the overwhelming support by First Nations and the Yukon public for Peel protection while still leaving some of the watershed open to paced industrial development.
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.