The Lands and Resources Department wishes to keep citizens informed and facilitate communication about projects and developments in the Traditional Territory. The Lands and Resources Department created this section to provide brief information about current projects and developments going through assessment under the Yukon Environmental and Socioeconomic Assessment Board (YESAB). Please find a brief summary of projects currently in the “seeking views” stage of assessment.
Information/views/opinions/questions should be directed either to our Lands and Resources Department or to the local YESAB Designated Office (see contact below). No online posts or comments will be considered.
Contact us because…
1) You have questions about the project or want more information;
2) You would like to submit your own personal comments to YESAB about a project but need assistance;
3) You have specific concerns or information about the project area or about values that might be affected by the project that you would like NND to consider when we submit comments,
Please contact our Environmental Assessment Officer, Stephan Walke
(email@example.com) 867-996-2265 ext. 152
In particular, consider the following questions:
1. What is important to you in the proposed project area?
2. How do you think those valued components would be affected or impacted by the proposed project?
3. Do you have any suggestions for how the effects you have identified could be reduced or eliminated?1
1taken from YESAB communication
YESAB Information and Contact:
www.yesabregistry.ca for information on all projects and interactive map
www.yesab.ca for information about the Yukon Environmental and Socioeconomic Assessment Board
Mayo Designated YESAB Office:
PO Box 2126, Mayo, Y0B 1M0
Phone: 867-996-4040 // Fax: 867-390-4049
YESAB Projects Currently in Seeking Views
Placer Mine—Keystone Creek (#2021-0041):
Proponent: Stuart Gray
Comment Submission Deadline: May 26th
The Project is a placer mining operation on Keystone Creek, a tributary to Mayo Lake, in the Mayo River watershed. The Project includes activities on a bench and a tributary of Keystone Creek, on 1 mile leases IM00429 and IM00404, and claim P 52569. Access to the site is via existing mining roads.
The site is approximately 14 km southwest of Keno City. It falls within the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun, and is approximately 180 m from Settlement Land parcel NND S-196B1. Activities are proposed for March 1 to October 31 for 10 years.
Quartz Exploration—McConnells Jest Project (#2021-0055)
Proponent: Zonte Metals Inc.
Comment Submission Deadline: May 28th
The Project is a quartz exploration program on 172 claims, on the McConnells Jests Property, located approx. 13 km straight-line distance north of Keno City. The project site will be mainly accessed via helicopter. Existing roads provide land access to the area as well. Project activities are proposed between May 15 and October 31, annually, for five years. The project involves 172 claims (roughly 3,371 ha) near Hanson Lakes within the McQuesten River drainage and within the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun.
Agriculture Land Application—Stewart River (#2021-0054)
Proponent: Bernard Luken
Comment Submission Deadline: May 26th, 2021
The Proponent is proposing the 65 ha extension of an existing 65 ha agricultural lot (lot 1031) approximately 10 km west of Stewart Crossing, to increase the land base of the existing farm. The completed project will be a farm field for crop production (e.g. barley, oats, wheat) and is a permanent disposition of land. The project area is on the north side of the Stewart River, approximately 140 m from the river and 1 km from the Klondike Highway. Access to the site will be via the existing driveway at km 545 of the Klondike Highway.
The Project falls within the Traditional Territory of the Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation (NND), and is approximately 500 m from NND Settlement Land parcel S-180B. It is also across the Stewart River from NND Settlement Land parcel R-14B and the Traditional Territory of Selkirk First Nation.
Mayo River Flood Control—Amendment (#2021-0046)
Proponent: YG Department of Community Services
Comment Submission Deadline: May 20th, 2021
The Project is the protection of an outside bank of a meander of the lower Mayo River to prevent future flooding in the Village of Mayo. Work will be done under amendments to the existing water license (MS15-095). The Project is located within the community boundaries of the village and is located within the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun. Project activities are scheduled to occur from April to August of 2021 or 2022.
Placer Mine—McLagen Creek (#2021-0061)
Proponent: Bret Cox
Comment Submission Deadline: May 25th, 2021
The Project is a placer mine operation on 5 claims along McLagan Creek, tributary of Minto Lake. The claim block is located approximately 20 km straight line distance northwest of Mayo, with existing access via the Minto Road and Conservative Trail. The Project is located within the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun. Project activities are proposed to occur between May 1 and September 20, annually for 5 years.
Agriculture Land Application—Pelly River Ranch (#2021-0075)
Proponent: Dale Bradley
Comment Submission Deadline: June 2nd
The Proponent is proposing the development of land for agricultural purposes which are on the proponent’s existing grazing agreement and is an extension of the Pelly River Ranch operation. The Project consists of one parcel totalling approximately 40 ha, approximately 35 km west of Pelly Crossing. The land will be developed for hay and grain production; the Project will take up to seven years to complete and is a permanent disposition of land.
The project area is on the north side of the Pelly River, approximately 100 m from the river and 35 km from the Klondike Highway. Access to the site will be via existing roads that are primarily located on Settlement Land.
The Project falls within the Traditional Territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun First (NND) and Selkirk First Nation (SFN) and is approximately 100 m from SFN Settlement Land parcel SFN R-17B.
Placer Exploration—Gold Run Creek Tributaries (#2021-0067):
Proponent: Geoplacer Exploration Ltd.
Comment Submission Deadline: May 25th
The Project is a placer exploration program on 9 claims and 2 leases on two tributaries of Gold Run Creek. The Project is located 60 km from Dawson City within the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun Traditional Territories in the Indian River watershed. Project activities will occur from March 15 to October 31, annually for 10 years.
Placer Mine – Granite Creek (#2020-0171)
Proponent: Jim Davies
This proposal is for the renewal of PM12-012 that expires July 1, 2020 with no changes except for a small increase in the volume of material stripped and sluiced from 200,000 m3 to 250,000 m3 each and add an additional camp with a crew of 6. Mining operations intend to continue mining upstream and downstream of current activities.
Placer Mine – Secret Creek (#2020-0091)
Proponent: Enviro-Gold Investments Ltd.
This will be a two water license/land use project amended to a single 10 yr water license/land use project containing all contiguous grouped claims of each water license to form a 43 contiguous (grouped) claim water use, land use project. There will be no other amendments. This will reduce the impacts of mining by having one camp instead of two, single fuel storage instead of two and using 48,500 m less water use. This will be a 43 claim placer mining project using modern mining techniques to selectively process a minimal area in an environmentally responsible manner while posing no danger or threat to fish, water, heritage sites, or habitat. It will include hydro-sluicing drilling which will increase in volume from 25000-45000 c m overburden removal per annum, fuel storage to 20,000 L and a single camp size up to 9 miners.
Quartz Exploration—Rogue Property (#2021-0078)
Proponent: Snowline Gold Corp.
The Rogue Project is an early-stage gold exploration project proposed to take place on five claim blocks all within the Rogue Range about 188km northeast of Faro and within the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun Traditional Territory. Some project activities include rock, soil and stream sampling, drilling (RC, RAB and Diamond), geophysical surveys, geological mapping, helicopter pad construction, cutline and trail construction, camp operation (50 person max) and airstrip maintenance.