Yukon Forest Planning
Whitehorse and Southern Lakes
The Planning Area
Forest Use in the Planning Area

The Area

The Planning Area

The Whitehorse and Southern Lakes Forest Resources Management Plan is located in south central Yukon, and includes the majority of the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, the Carcross / Tagish First Nation, and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council. The boundary is drawn to match the Overlap Agreement between four First Nations (CAFN, CTFN, TKC and KDFN) and largely follows those traditional territories which fall wholly within the planning region; CTFN, TKC and KDFN.

The area extends from the British Columbia border in the south to the north end of Fox Lake. The eastern boundary includes portions of Agay Mene Natural Environment Park and the western boundary is adjacent to Kusawa Park. The area includes many lakes, forests, mountain ranges, and rivers. It also includes several communities, including the City of Whitehorse, Carcross, Marsh Lake, Mount Lorne, Ibex Valley and Tagish.
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Forest Use in the Planning Area


The planning area supports a diverse range of ecosystems, from alpine tundra to well drained pine forests to riparian areas and wetlands. Fires are a natural part of the landscape and contribute to a wide variety of habitat types for the region’s wildlife populations, including caribou, moose, and fur-bearers. The region is home to important migratory bird species that provide opportunities for viewing in the spring on the Southern Lakes. Salmon can be seen in the Yukon River in late summer.

Forest Use

The Whitehorse and Southern Lakes area has the highest human population in Yukon, with associated pressures for land use development and resource management. Yukon First Nations historically and currently use the forest for all aspects of their lives. The forest provides shelter, fuel, food, medicine, tools, building material for modes of transportation, spirituality, and a cultural connection of being a part of the forest. Forests offer a multitude of values including traditional economic values from resource extraction.

Forest Resources

Forest resources planning brings with it the opportunity to support local economic development and to encourage investment in the Whitehorse and Southern Lakes area. With a current, annual harvest of approximately 3000 to 4000 cubic meters of timber (1300-1700 cords), small scale forestry continues to contribute to the local Whitehorse and Southern Lakes economy.

Forestry is a small scale industry in the area as forest productivity is limited by the cold climate and short growing season and many other values are competing for the land base. With careful management, these forests can sustain a vibrant, small scale forest industry that provides timber for local markets, energy, economic opportunity, and employment for the area’s residents while maintaining uses such as sustenance and personal use of forest resources.

The purpose of regional forest planning is to guide forest resources management across the landscape for the use and benefit of current and future generations.
Your views are important to the success of the forest planning process.

The Joint Planning Committee is interested in hearing from you.

Please submit your comments to the JPC via email.

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