TOYA's submission to the YTG Select committee on the Safe Operation and Use of Off-road Vehicles:
Regarding ATV management. Here is an important question.
Going into the coming consultations what is going to be the priority and
what is going to be our mindset?
We were recently honored to be invited to give a presentation to
the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board and afterwards, the
chairperson, Harvey Jessup spoke very eloquently to us about their focus
of concern which is the protection of habitat and wildlife.
We listened carefully because in the coming ATV management
consultations – if we start the conversation with protected habitat and
wildlife being the first priority – that conversation is likely to end
well with reasonable and sensible solutions that benefit our wilderness
and ultimately our children and ourselves.
If, on the other hand, the conversation and mindset begins with
me and my machine being the first priority – that conversation may not
result in the wise stewardship of wildlife, habitat and the wilderness
that we all hope for.
So -I think it would be wise to listen to the admonition from the
Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board on this one – Habitat and
Wildlife protection comes first.
On behalf of the Trails Only Yukon Association,
Vern Peters, Ken Taylor, Philip Merchant, Peter Harms, Tony
Grabowski, Ellen Johnson, Manfred Hoefs