The Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board has rejected an application by Canadian United Minerals to explore for gold in the Tombstone Park.
The effects of the exploration project on populations of grizzlies, sheep and caribou would be significant said the board.
Drilling, blasting, helicopter noise and snowmachine use would all disturb wildlife.
The recommendation also stressed the project would be taking place in a protected parkland that is overseen by a management plan.
The public perception of mining occurring in a parkland would be harmful.
Also, trappers, outfitters and tourist companies who rely on the area for their livelihoods would be negatively affected by any exploration work in the park.
With the board’s recommendation out,
it’s now up to the Yukon government to decide whether it will allow the company to explore in the park. (Vivian Belik)