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Gill Cracknell takes the helm at CPAWS-Yukon

  • Published on Nov 15 2012 |
  • This article is tagged as: yukon

Whitehorse, Yukon -- The Board of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Yukon Chapter (CPAWS-Yukon) welcomes Gill Cracknell as Executive Director. Cracknell, who has worked for CPAWS Yukon for over 4 years, takes over from Mike Dehn, now retiring due to illness. The CPAWS Board thanks Mike for his passionate dedication to conservation.

“We are very happy to have such a seamless transition,” says CPAWS Yukon’s Vice President, Karen McKenna. “Gill has been coordinating our Peel campaign for some time and has already hit the ground running in her new role as Executive Director.”

Cracknell moved to Whitehorse in 2008 following several years living in remote parts of the Yukon wilderness, including 16 months in the Peel Watershed.

“I am looking forward to working with all Yukoners to ensure the future of wild lands, waters and wildlife in the Territory,” says Cracknell. “These values are the reason why many of us live here, and they attract visitors from all over the world. In my view, we have a responsibility to future generations to pass on our lands and waters in an intact and healthy state.”

Cracknell is no stranger to the issues surrounding planning for the Peel Watershed.

“CPAWS is pleased that Yukon Government has at last initiated the final round of public consultation on the Peel Watershed mandated under the Umbrella Final Agreement,” says Cracknell. “However, I am profoundly disturbed that Yukon Government is confusing the public by introducing its own unilaterally designed “toolbox” and “concepts” which afford little to no real protection for the lands and waters anywhere in the Peel.”

“Yukon Government’s actions are in blatant disregard of the work of an arms length, public body which was guided by a constitutionally mandated process under the Umbrella Final Agreement,” says Cracknell. “This in itself must be a grave concern to all Yukoners, regardless of economic sector or political stripe.”

“We at CPAWS are urging Yukoners to support the Peel Watershed Planning Commission’s Final Recommended Plan which strikes a balance at 55% permanent protection, 25% interim protection (to be reviewed over the course of time) and 20% open to new industrial development and roads,” says Cracknell.

CPAWS-Yukon represents a broad and diverse range of Yukon citizens who believe in protecting the natural values of the Territory.


For more information contact:

Gill Cracknell 
Executive Director
867-393-8080 Ext. 6