NORTH YUKON PLANNING REGION:
LMU 8: Whitefish Wetlands
Sub-unit #8B: Eagle – Bell River
Land Use Designation
Integrated Management Area, Zone I
Yukon public land and VGFN Settlement land (VG R-02A and a number of S-sites)
Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and Tetlit Gwich’in Secondary Use Area
1,026 km2 (1.7% of Region)
Biophysical Setting (LMU 8)
Large wetland and riparian complex within rolling Eagle Plains plateau.
Low elevation wet herb, shrub and coniferous forest; variety of wetland types, riparian and open water.
Porcupine River (perched wetlands flow to Porcupine, Eagle and Bell rivers).
Central Whitefish wetlands complex, LMU #8A (CWS photo)
Cumulative Effects Thresholds
Relative to LMU Size*
Surface Disturbance (%)
Linear Disturbance (km/km2)
Current disturbance (2020)
On the ground amounts**
Surface Disturbance (km2)
Linear Disturbance (km)
Current disturbance (2020)
Room under cautionary threshold***
*These are proportional to the size of the LMU, and correspond to table 3-2 of the Approved Plan. They are measured in the % of the LMU that can be disturbed (“Surface Disturbance”) and in km/km2 (“Linear Disturbance Density”).
**These are amounts that can be measured and apply to the whole LMU and would be more familiar to project proponents and regulators. They are measured in km2 of disturbance and in km of linear disturbance (e.g., roads, trails and cutlines).
***How much more disturbance can be added to existing disturbance before the cautionary threshold is reached.
Amount of disturbance relative to the cautionary theshold:
Concentrated caribou use during fall rutting and winter seasons.
Significant habitats in all seasons.
Moderate quality winter habitat.
No sheep populations.
Identified and potential over-wintering habitat in Eagle, Bell and Rock rivers
Significant bear, waterbird and beaver habitats.
Wetlands and Lakes
With exception of low hills south of Bell River, most of unit contains wetlands and lakes.
Most of unit contains riparian habitat.
Major River Corridors
Eagle and Bell rivers
Heritage, Social and Cultural Resources
VGFN Heritage Routes and Sites
Johnson Creek Village to LaChute River via Whitefish Lake, and Whitestone Village route via Upper Stony Creek. Important traditional use and culturally significant area for both VGFN and Tetlit Gwich’in.
Other Heritage and Historic Resources
Significant heritage resource values. Documented archaeological and palaeontological sites.
Current Community Use Areas
Much of unit receives seasonal harvesting use.
Transportation and Access
No existing transportation infrastructure.
Multi-season subsistence harvesting and general land use.
Tourism and Recreation
Low activity (outside of Eagle River corridor); Eagle and Bell river have high wilderness tourism value and interest.
Oil and Gas Resources
High potential; Eagle Plain oil and gas basin.
Low or no potential.
Aggregate (Gravel) Resources
Preliminary aggregate assessment available for upper Eagle River; potential sources identified in high river terraces.
Special Management Considerations
- In the IMA, Zone I designation identifies high ecological and cultural values within a sensitive biophysical setting. All-season infrastructure is discouraged.
- Tetlit Gwich’in Secondary Use Area.