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Yukon’s Three Rivers Project a Finalist for Canadian Environment Award

  • Published on May 30 2007 |
  • This article is tagged as: boreal-forest

Click here for more information about the Canadian Environment Awards.

Ottawa – CPAWS’ campaign to protect the Yukon’s  “Three Rivers” within the unspoiled Peel watershed  has been given a boost by the recognition of the innovative nature of our efforts – initiated by the Yukon chapter -- to elevate awareness of this conservation opportunity through art, literature, song and the voices of First Nations’ peoples, alongside conservationists. The “Three Rivers Journey” is a finalist in the conservation category for the prestigious annual Canadian Environment Award. The award gala will be held Monday, June 4th in Montreal.

The announcement by Canadian Geographic Magazine recognizes CPAWS-Yukon’s contribution to northern conservation through its ambitious and innovative work on the various components of the Three Rivers Journey; the group art exhibition, Three Rivers: wild waters, sacred places; the book Three Rivers: the Yukon\'s Great Boreal Wilderness; and ongoing work to conserve and protect the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume Rivers within the Peel watershed.

“We’re thrilled that the Three Rivers Project is receiving national recognition, and are proud to be among the many Yukoners who contributed their energy, vision and talents to this exciting endeavor,” said Juri Peepre, project coordinator.

The award nomination comes on the heels of a recent 12 city cross-Canada tour, Journey to the Yukon\'s Three Rivers. Organized by CPAWS, in partnership with Mountain Equipment Co-op and Yukonwild, the tour drew a combined audience of 3,000 people to learn more about the wild waters and sacred places of the Yukon’s great boreal wilderness. The Three Rivers project is part of CPAWS’ ambitious national effort to conserve Canada’s boreal forest ecosystem.

CPAWS will continue to build momentum to help ensure that the Peel Land Use Planning Commission and Yukon government include conservation and protected areas in the plan.  The time is critical as land-use planning in the region is underway and the Commission is in the formative stages of defining the land use options for the region.  The national tour demonstrated that there is both broad Canadian and local Yukon support for conservation in the Peel watershed and that it is indeed of national interest. 

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Contact:
Jill Sturdy, CPAWS 613 569 7226 ext 232

See also: 
Canadian Environment Awards 2007 Press Release 
Canadian Environment Awards Announces Annual Short List of Finalists 
(Acrobat [PDF] format, ~230K)

Background on the Three Rivers Project 
http://www.cpawsyukon.org/three-rivers/index.html

Read more about the CPAWS national tour, Journey to the Yukon’s Three Rivers
http://cpaws.org/threerivers