The Minerals Resources branch regulates exploration and mining activity and encourages its development.
Yukon government approves land use plan for public lands in Peel Watershed region
January 21, 2014 - The Yukon government has adopted a land use plan as it applies to public lands within the Peel Watershed region. The Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan applies strictly to public lands which form over 97 percent of the region. The plan uses Protected Areas, Restricted Wilderness Use Areas and Integrated Management Areas to provide for an active management of lands and resources.
Interim Mineral Staking Prohibition Order in the Ross River Area
The order is in effect from December 27 to April 30, 2014. The December 27, 2012, decision of the Yukon Court of Appeal in Ross River Dena Council vs. Government of Yukon stated that the Yukon government must consult the Ross River Dena Council about whether to grant mineral rights on Crown lands in the Ross River Area.
Yukon government amends mining acts and regulations
The Yukon legislature passed the Act to Amend the Placer Mining Act and the Quartz Mining Act yesterday. Following the passage of this act, the Yukon government approved amended regulations under the Placer Mining Act and the Quartz Mining Act. The government also designated the Ross River Area where new reporting requirements will apply.
Responsible mining practices recognized by Yukon government
The winners of the Robert E. Leckie awards were announced November 18, at the 41st Annual Geoscience Forum banquet.
Ben Warnsby and Alex Seely were awarded the 2013 Leckie Award for outstanding and responsible practices in placer mining.
Regent Ventures Ltd. won the 2013 Leckie Award for outstanding and responsible practices in quartz mining.
Plan Requirement Guidance for Quartz Projects - This new document outlines all the environmental and operational plans that are required for a Quartz Mining License and provides detailed guidance on the required content of these plans.
Reclamation and Closure Planning for Quartz Mining Projects - This new document provides guidance on the development of a comprehensive closure plan, and how the determination of appropriate financial security for a mine site.