Making trails to legislation

Making trails to legislation The Trails Only Yukon Association would like to thank all those who have shown support after our initial public meeting May 6th. Since that time, TOYA undertook a survey and petition of 713 residences in the Whitehorse area.

The Trails Only Yukon Association would like to thank all those who have shown support after our initial public meeting May 6th.

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 four principles noted below.

Â¥ 71 per cent of respondents signed the petition

Â¥ 13 per cent were undecided

Â¥ 16 per cent 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 kilometres of existing roads and trails that might well be suitable as designated trails. TOYA believes 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 effective for those who ride responsibly and respect the environment. TOYA supports this as one component of overall policy initiatives.

One of TOYA’s hopes was that a public debate and awareness of the issue would take place. We encourage all interested parties to continue requesting that policy makers make ATV legislation a priority.

For more information visit the soon to be activated TOYA website at: www.trailsonly.ca or email: info@trailsonly.ca.

TOYA steering committee:

Ken Taylor, Vern Peters, Tony Grabowski, Manfred Hoefs, Dennis Peters

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