The members of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council, like so many Yukoners, were shocked and saddened by the death of Chief Joe Linklater. The Council would like to recognize the contributions Chief Linklater made to the implementation of Chapter 11 Land Use Planning. He was a great supporter of regional land use planning and recognized the importance of plans to guide future land uses.
His concern about the impact of oil and gas development in the winter range of the Porcupine Caribou Herd provided the focus for the North Yukon Planning Commission’s work. He worked closely with the North Yukon Planning Commission and the Yukon Government to ensure that the plan would be consistent with the objectives of the land claim agreements. The plan became the first approved regional land use plan in the Yukon. He spoke about his experience at the UFA Boards and Committees Gathering that the Council organized last year and we are very grateful that he shared his story.
He was a strong voice for the region. He will be missed.