Collaborative Forest Resources Management Planning with First Nations and Yukon Government. The unique planning context provided through First Nations Final Agreements and Yukon’s Forest Resources Act.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016. 1:30-1:40 Poster Presentations

A Forest Resources Management Plan is a strategic level forest management plan that provides guidance to forest resources management within a region of Yukon. An FRMP provides guidelines on forest harvesting and identifies areas where harvesting may occur. It can also provide forest management recommendations relating to habitat, access management, timber and non-timber values. FRMPs originate from First Nations Final Agreements and Yukon’s Forest Resources Act. The FRMP Joint Planning Committee includes representation from Yukon Government and First Nations who’s Traditional Territory falls within the planning boundary. In addition to FN Final Agreements, forest management is regulated by the Yukon Forest Resources Act (FRA). The FRA was developed in by Yukon First Nations, Renewable Resource Councils and Yukon government. The purpose, contents, and process for Forest Resources Management Plans are also set out in the FRA. There are approved Forest Resources Management Plans in Dawson, Haines Junction and Teslin, which were all developed collaboratively with First Nations and RRCs. The current Whitehorse and Southern Lakes FRMP is a partnership between the Carcross / Tagish First Nation, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council and Yukon Government. Two renewable resource councils participate in the process, Carcross / Tagish RRC and Laberge RRC. When the Joint Planning Committee is finished their work, they will recommend.