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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]

Voters Urged to Ask Candidates About ORV Rules

 [Whitehorse Star November 2, 2016 ]

Voters should know the position of each political party regarding access to the hinterland by off-road vehicles (ORVs), say representatives of the Trails Only Yukon Association.

Read full article

Environment forum confirms Yukon parties' stands on Peel plan

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:

TOYA (Trails Only Yukon Association) held our initial public meeting May 6, 2010.   Since that time, TOYA undertook a survey and petition of 713 residences in the Whitehorse area.  The petition focused on the need for legislation to provide formal guidance regarding ATV use in the territory, and specifically the 4 principles noted below.

71% of respondents signed the petition
13% were undecided
16% were opposed

Our mandate and goals remain the four principles stated at our public meeting.

We advocate for:

1.  Designated trails in the Yukon Wilderness
The Yukon is a vast land with thousands of kilometers of existing roads and trails that might well be suitable as designated trails.  TOYA believes that these designations are best left to Government through a public consultation process with special consideration given to wildlife and habitat protection.

2.   Off Road Vehicle Legislation
TOYA supports appropriate legislation to provide certainty for ATV users while ensuring protection for the environment.

3.  Effective enforcement
Legislation requires effective enforcement to support initiatives.  Enforcement has been effective in other jurisdictions and can be developed and implemented for an area as unique as the Yukon as well.

4. Education
Education can be very helpful for those who ride responsibly and respect the environment.   TOYA supports this as one component of overall policy initiatives.