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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.

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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:

Who are we?

  1. We are a broad-based coalition of Yukon people and organizations that is deeply concerned about the effects of the proliferation of ATV’s and their use in the wild lands of the Yukon.
  2. Many of us either own or have used ATV’s ourselves and recognize the right of owners and enthusiasts to use these machines in legitimate and sustainable ways, be it for hunting, work, wilderness exploration, or just plain recreational joy.
  3. We base all our efforts on the values of responsibility, wise stewardship and the desire to leave a legacy for the next generation of a pristine wilderness environment.

Our goals are:

  1. Designated ATV trails in the Yukon wilderness
  2. ATV legislation
  3. Effective enforcement
  4. Education

Specific concerns include:

  1. Damage to fragile alpine and wetlands
  2. Harassment, disturbance and displacement of wildlife
  3. Over-harvest in accessed areas
  4. Cutting of new trails

Solutions:

  1. Designated trails throughout the Yukon (similar to trails in Ruby Range by Kluane Lake)
  2. Elevation limitations
  3. Enactment of ATV legislation
  4. Effective enforcement
  5. Education including a number of components:
    1. making people aware of damage to wildlife and habitat presently occurring, through documentation, photographs, public information meetings, Facebook and a website
    2. presenting workable and sensible models from other jurisdictions
    3. focusing on what responsible use of ATV’s  looks like

Be an active participant:

  1. Become a member of TOYA
  2. Make a donation*
  3. Attend our bi-annual information/rally meetings in May and November
  4. Write an e-mail or letter to your MLA, Minister of Environment and the Premier
  5. Write a letter to local newspapers
  6. Document ATV damage or incidents and send a note to our e-mail address or website
  7. Take a picture of ATV habitat damage, record the location and send it to our website
  8. Involve your children – in a large part we’re doing this to ensure they can enjoy wilderness the way we have been able to. It is a great opportunity for them to see that young people can, as concerned citizens, change outcomes and make a difference.

 

* All monies from membership sales and donations are used for public education and advocacy