Permafrost Measurements on Herschel Island

Long-term Research and Monitoring Plan

The Yukon North Slope Long-term Research and Monitoring Plan is another important endeavour of the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope). This plan is meant to work in tandem with the Council's other conservation and management initiatives, including the Wildlife Conservation and Management Plan. This type of long-term, comprehensive planning means that the best interests of the Yukon's North Slope, and its many inhabitants, remain protected.

The Yukon North Slope Long-term Research and Monitoring Plan is a readily accessible web-based plan that identifies priorities for environmentally-related research and monitoring in the region. It was developed to direct and support planning and research activities for resource managers and researchers alike, while addressing the needs of those who live in the region and rely on its resources.

Building on both past and ongoing research, the Plan identifies information gaps and presents opportunities to relay existing data to those who might benefit from it. It provides a guide for community involvement in various projects, and highlights the use of traditional and local knowledge. The Plan supplies information on opportunities for partnerships, how to acquire research permits, possible sources of funding and expectations for project proponents. Simply put, it is full of invaluable information for those wanting to get involved in projects within the region.

The Yukon North Slope Long-term Research and Monitoring Plan is also an important tool to promote cooperative initiatives among government agencies, communities and universities, and to facilitate projects across land claims’ boundaries and state and territorial borders in Alaska, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The Plan reflects the recognition that true cooperation is the means to ecosystem health and prosperity.

The Plan was prepared by the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope), in consultation with the Inuvialuit Game Council and Inuvialuit Final Agreement established co-management bodies; federal, territorial and Alaskan government agencies; Canadian and Alaskan universities; non-governmental organizations; and interested residents of Aklavik, Inuvik and Old Crow.