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Analysis of Party Positions on ATV Management

Trails Only Yukon Association – has worked with the parties to provide Yukon voters with as clear a picture as possible of what those parties will do regarding ATV management in our wilderness if elected on November 7, 2016. Through a series of newspaper ads we have shone a light on what the various politicians have done in the past – and what they are now promising to do in the future. This is our analysis of their plans and promises along with a mark for their efforts.

Analysis of Party Positions [PDF - 1.3 MB]

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 [Whitehorse Star November 2, 2016 ]

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ELECTION 2016

Click on the links below to view the Questions for Candidates and the MLA Report card.

PARTY RESPONSES TO TOYA QUESTIONS

TOYA asked the four running Parties the following four following questions.

Question #1
If elected, will you support and promote a proactive approach or a complaints-driven process for managing ATV's in the Yukon wilderness? 

Question #2
If elected, will you support and promote a comprehensive plan for the whole territory or a piecemeal plan covering just the already damaged areas?
 

Question #3
If elected, will you support and promote the mandatory registration of all ATV's in the Yukon?
 

Question #4
If elected, will you support and promote the enactment of necessary legislation and regulations to effectively manage ATV's in the Yukon wilderness within the first 24 months of a new government mandate?

Click on the Party logos below to read their responses:

The following phases are typical in North American States and Provinces

ATV introduction: ownership of 3 wheelers followed by first 4 wheelers and argos.

Expansion of ATVs : more ownership - increasing number of trails pushed into wilderness.  ATVs become much more reliable with increase in concerns raised about environmental damage.

Education Phase: Concerns about irresponsible usage increase as damage to habitat and wildlife becomes more evident.  Various groups and individuals call for a focus on education as opposed to regulation with much time and energy spent on voluntary guidelines, pamphlets, brochures and desirable codes of conduct with respect to ATV use.  Studies are commissioned.

Proliferation and extention of ATV trails: Larger and more capable ATVs and argos equipped with winches and operators using chainsaws cut new trails into valleys, go through wetlands and make their way up to the alpine.  Animals in accessed areas are disturbed, displaced and over-harvested.  ATVs forge into new areas where the pattern repeats itself.

Reality Phase: Changing attitudes even among those originally calling for education alone as a solution – evidence indicates it is not working.

Consensus Phase: Concerned citizens, responsible ATV owners and dealerships, various wilderness groups and associations advocate for reasonable, sensible and enforceable ATV legislation to protect habitat and wildlife.  While this process is going on, phase 4 continues.

Implementation Phase: With input from its citizens, wildlife biologists, conservation officers and organizations similar to Renewable Resource Councils, Government implements a workable plan for the jurisdiction.

Fine Tuning Phase: The workable plan is fine-tuned, concerted educational efforts are made, maps of designated trails are published, compliance and enforcement issues are dealt with.

These phases are similar in every jurisdiction studied

The speed of implementation depends on the level of public pressure

The issue of unrestricted ATV use was first identified in the Yukon some 20 years ago and has remained unresolved. Unless something is done now, extensive damage to sensitive habitat and wildlife will continue to the point where complete area closures may be required when something is finally implemented.