Bats Biodiversity Conservation planning

Thriving with Species at Risk on Yukon's Farmlands

WCS Canada


Beneficial Management Practices for Species at Risk in the Agricultural Landscape of Yukon

Agriculture is a relatively young and expanding industry in Yukon, with most operations confined to valley bottoms where soil and climate are most suitable for growing crops and raising livestock. Such valleys also host some of the most productive wildlife habitats, including forest and wetland ecosystems. As agriculture continues to develop and more wild lands are cleared, we are putting forward a set of Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) that are intended to conserve and enhance the outlook for a suite of threatened wildlife species that live in the agricultural landscape, including a bat, three insectivorous birds, and four bumblebee species. All these species perform useful services for farmers, mostly by way of pest control and crop pollination. The emphasis on tangible farm practices is meant to make the BMPs relevant to farmers, rural land owners, and land use planners.

Here we present summaries of the BMPs for each group of species, along with discoveries along our journey into understanding how wildlife species can be accommodated into farming practices and the greater agricultural landscape.

Recommended citation

WCS Canada (2023). Thriving with Species at Risk on Yukon's Farmlands. WCS Canada.

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