The Region

The Dawson Region

Yukon Territory

The Resource Assessment Report is a detailed report covering the regional resources and the current land uses of the region. It was published in 2013 and has been updated to help us plan. The report has many maps of the region's resources. The Exective Summary provides the main findings.

The Dawson planning region covers 39 854 km2 (approximately 8% of the Yukon).


HeritageRegion is rich in historical, cultural, archaeological and paleontological resources
WaterThe region contains 11 major watersheds mostly made up of large rivers with few lakes or large open water wetlands
ForestsOver half of the region lies within Boreal ecozone with 75% covered by coniferous or mixed forest
Fish & Wildlife
Fish & WildlifeRegion supports a variety of wildlife including moose, caribou, sheep, furbearers, birds, freshwater fish and salmon
Protected Areas
Protected AreasRegion includes one existing protected area and two directly adjacent protected areas
MineralsSix main deposits of gold, silver, copper, barite, and tungsten. Active quartz claims make up 24% of the region while 5.6% is covered by active placer claims
EnergyMain energy sources include hydroelectric infrastructure, hydrocarbons, and biomass
Transportation & Access
Transportation & AccessThree major highways, community airport, an international border, the Yukon River corridor, and a traditional trail system
AgricultureSome of most productive agricultural land in Yukon
Tourism & Culture
Tourism & CultureScenery, wildlife viewing, Klondike Goldrush history, and historical attractions

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