The Alsek Renewable Resource Council (ARRC) is a voice for local community members in managing our renewable resources, such as fish, wildlife and forests. The ARRC began its work in 1995 after the signing of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) Final Agreement. The Final Agreement created the ARRC as the “primary instrument for local renewable resources management.”
Renewable Resource Councils (RRCs) are unique to the Yukon Territory and provide strong input into planning and regulation by the territorial, federal and First Nations governments. The ARRC’s jurisdiction is the Champagne Aishihik Traditional Territory (CATT) which includes the communities of Haines Junction, Canyon Creek, Takhini, Mendenhall, Silver City, Kloo Lake, Aishihik and Klukshu.
The Alsek Renewable Resource Council meets every second Monday year around. Our meeting start at 5:30pm and are open to the public. Occasionally there are "in-camera" times that are used for internal discussions and are closed to the public, these times will be posted within the agenda.
Current Events and Consultations all text in blue are clickable links to information.
Proposed Changes to the Wildlife Act 2015 The public review of the proposed changes to Yukon Wildlife Act Regulations has begun, and will continue until November 27, 2015. The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board (the Board) will then consider all comments received, and provide a recommendation to the Minister, Environment Yukon regarding each of the proposed changes . The following materials are available to facilitate your review - Summary of Proposed Regulation Changes . The Board is hosting a public meeting in Whitehorse at the Yukon Inn on November 17th from 7pm to 9:30pm, and you are most welcomed to attend. We also invite you to provide feedback through an online survey found here. There are 15 proposals that have been advanced for public review, and these include:
Motorized Vehicle Use in GMZ 5
Prohibit use and possession of unmanned aerial vehicles while hunting wildlife
Fee increase for moose and caribou seals
Align Season dates for hart river caribou herd game management subzones with other Yukon woodland caribou herds
Permit Hunt Authorization for Dall’s Sheep in Game Management Zone 7 (East)
Streamline special guiding licence application process, add an allocation for bison to list of eligible species
Wood Bison – Special Hunt for recognized organizations or schools
Proposal to open bison hunting for bow hunting
Modernize standards for archery equipment
Fox Lake – Change from General Waters to Special Management Waters G
Frenchman Lake – Change catch and possession limit for lake trout in Frenchman Lake to zero
Kusawa Lake – Change from General waters to Conservation Waters
Twin Lakes – change catch and possession limit for lake trout in Twin Lakes (East Twin and West Twin) to zero
Fishing Closure at Tower Bay on Dezadeash Lake
Carmacks Moose Hunt (GMS 5-22, 5-23, 5-24 and 5-26)
Bison Hunting Workshop Arena Mezzanine - Haines Junction 6pm-10-pm Thursday November 5, 2015 The Bison Hunting Workshop will be held in Haines Junction November 5, 2015 from 6-10 pm. This course is a great opportunity to learn about season dates, game zone boundaries, sex identification, harvesting techniques, discuss what makes for a successful hunt and much more. Come with your questions, and learn some great information, so that you can successfully stock your freezer with wild and tasty bison meat. This will be held at the Arena Mezzanine, refreshments will be served. Please call 1-800-661-0408, ext.8005 to register for this course.
Public Meeting - September 24, 2015 Mezzanine (above the hockey rink) ORV Discussion- 6-7pm Draft Elk Management Plan 7-9 pm
Join the Alsek Renewable Resource Council and Michael Draper, Lands Branch- Yukon Government in discussion about the upcoming Off Road Vehicle Regulations. Though the consultation period for the public has ended, the Alsek Renewable Resource Council has until September 30 to send in any comments or concerns. To see a copy of the Alsek RRC’s initial response to the earlier consultation, or to review the Off Road Vehicle Discussion Paper, click here for the ORV Discussion Paper and here for the Alsek RRC's response. Or stop by the office if you would like a hard copy printed.
Yukon Fish and Wildlife Calendars 2015 are now available at the Alsek RRC Office.
November 28, 2014- The Alsek Renewable Resource Council responded to the proposed regulation change to the Wildlife Act for 2014. There was only one put forward this year, making it unlawful to harvest grizzly bears during the spring bear hunting season (April 15 to June 21 inclusive), within 30 meters from the center line on either side of the road on the following numbered highways: the South Klondike Highway from the Alaska Highway (Carcross Corner) to the BC Border, the Haines Road from Haines Junction to the BC Border, the Alaska Highway from Jake’s Corner to the Slims River Bridge, the Atlin Road from the Tagish road junction to the BC border, and the Tagish Road from Carcross to Jakes Corner. The Council did support the regulation change and our response can be found here. ARRC Regulation Change Response 2014.
Nov 3, 2014- Open House for Fish and Wildlife Workplan The Alsek Renewable Resource Council, Champagne Aishihik First Nations, and Government of Yukon are hosting an Open House in Champagne November 12, and in Haines Junction, November 13. We received 72 responses from our survey, and are now looking to you, the community, for solutions. We heard concerns about bison, moose, harvest management, off road vehicles, salmon. water quality, and wildlife-human conflicts to name a few. So where do we go from here? Lets have some conversations. Please have a look at the flyer that was sent out, you can find a copy of it here- Open House/ Workplan Flyer Everybody welcome.
November 3, 2014- Grizzly Bear Regulation Change There is only one proposed regulation change to the Wildlife Act being put forward this year, and it is a regulation to prohibit the hunting of grizzly bears on certain highway right of ways during the spring bear hunting season. The proposed regulation change recommendation reads as follows-
The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board recommends the Minister advance a regulation change through the Yukon Wildlife Act Regulation Change process, making it unlawful to harvest grizzly bears during the spring bear hunting season (April 15 to June 21 inclusive), within 30 meters from the center line on either side of the road on the following numbered highways: the South Klondike Highway from the Alaska Highway (Carcross Corner) to the BC Border, the Haines Road from Haines Junction to the BC Border, the Alaska Highway from Jake’s Corner to the Slims River Bridge, the Atlin Road from the Tagish road junction to the BC border, and the Tagish Road from Carcross to Jakes Corner.
October 10, 2014 The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board is holding their meeting here in Haines Junction, October 15-17 in Council Chambers, at the St. Elias Convention Centre. With the exception of some "In-Camera" time, everybody is welcome to sit in and hear what is happening in the Yukon with fish and wildlife issues, and listen to the deliberations of the board members that are appointed to represent all Yukoners. http://yfwmb.ca/about/board-members/ There will also be an open house Wed. Oct 15/14 in the St. Elias Convention Centre from 7-9pm. Everybody welcome.
October 7, 2014 The regulation change proposals to the Yukon Wildlife Act went forward to the Yukon government in March 2014. Please see the attached letters on the 2013-2014 Yukon Wildlife Act regulation change recommendations from the Alsek RRC to the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board, the YFWMB's recommendation to the Minister , and the Minister’s response, regarding Pine Lake, and the other changes. Click here- Wildlife Act regulation change proposal response 2013-14
May 26, 2014 Congratulations to...AnnMarie Jim! The winner of the AirNorth ticket, for filling out our survey for the Community-based Fish and Wildlife Workplan for the Champagne Aishihik Traditional Territory. We appreciate all of the well thought out responses and look forward to meeting and talking to many of you during the summer.
The Alsek RRC- CO Services Kluane- St.Elias Firearms Assc. are holding their 3rd Annual BBQ at the gun range May 28 at 5:30 pm. There will be .22s and trap shooting available to those who'd like to. Gun club memberships can be bought, and food! Everybody welcome.
The Yukon Invasive Species Council and the Alsek RRC are hosting a Spotter's Network workshop, at the Convention Centre Atrium May 26 at 7pm - . This is a free event, open to all. Come learn about invasive plants, how to spot them and what we can do to help stop their spread in the Yukon. You can learn more about the Yukon Invasive Species Council here -http://www.yukoninvasives.com/
The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board is looking for your views on Roadside Bear Hunting and Viewing. This survey should take 5 minutes or less to do. Last day to submit this online survey is May 23, 2014. Click Here- Roadside Bear Survey
The Alsek Renewable Resource Council, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, and Yukon government are working together to develop a community based work plan . This workplan will direct our work around fish, wildlife and wildlife habitat.
What we need from you, is the most important part of this, and that's is YOUR input.
A mailout has been sent to all mailboxes in the Champagne Aishihik Traditional Territory (CATT), as there are some questions we really need answers to.
There will be a few ways that you get your ideas and answers to us:
or Call us- Micheal at CAFN 867-456-6885 Susan at ARRC 634-2524 Shawn Taylor Regional Biologist YG- 634-2439
or Email us- firstname.lastname@example.org
or Come on by our offices and talk to us.
If you answer our questionnaire, your name will be submitted for the chance to win a single round trip ticket for AirNorth that can be used for a flight to Vancouver, Edmonton or Old Crow. We appreciate your input, and the time you take to do it.
Check out the Blog, for a guest post from Sophia Lavergne Ph.D Candidate, who was doing research on Snowshoe Hares at the Kluane Lake Research Station.
July 7th 2013- Check out the Forestry page! New update regarding harvest plans around Haines Junction
July 4th 2013- New posting on the Of Interest page, regarding forest fire activity. Where to call if you spot a forest fire and websites that observe forest fire activity.
July 4th 2013- Bears in the community Are you spotting bears in or around town? Any bear activity should be reported. Please inform the local conservation office at (867)-634-2247 or TIPS line at (1-800)-661-0525
Wondering why the trees by the dump have no leaves this year? Whats going on at Squirrel Camp? Why are they collaring bears around Kusawa? Check out our Of Interest page once in a while!