Who We Are
The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) is a grassroots environmental non-profit organization, established in 1968. Our mandate is to pursue ecosystem well-being throughout the Yukon and beyond, recognizing that human well-being is ultimately dependent upon fully functioning healthy ecosystems. Over the years, YCS has earned a respected position of influence on environmental policy and education in the North. Learn more about the History of YCS.
YCS Mission Statement: To pursue ecosystem well-being throughout the Yukon and beyond, recognizing that human well-being is ultimately dependent upon fully functioning healthy ecosystems.
Members: YCS has about 400 current members (January 2013). Click here to learn more about Becoming a Member.
YCS Staff & Contractors:
Karen Baltgailis, Executive Director (ycsed at ycs.yk.ca)
Judith van Gulick, Office Coordinator (ycsoffice at ycs.yk.ca)
Christina Macdonald, Wildlife Coordinator (ycswild at ycs.yk.ca)
Anne Middler, Energy Coordinator (ycsenergycoordinator at gmail.com)
Lewis Rifkind, Mining Co-Coordinator & Webmaster (ycspipe at ycs.yk.ca)
YCS also has many other project specific contractors. Contact YCS for more information.
YCS Organizational Goals:
- ADVOCACY: to advocate for policies, legislation, process and actions which support the conservation of the Yukon’s natural resources and protection of the Yukon’s ecosystems.
Learn more about YCS Advocacy activities in the Issues section or in our Newsletters.
- EDUCATION: to promote and enhance awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the Yukon’s ecosystems and support behaviour and practices which lead to conservation and preservation in the Yukon and beyond.
Learn more about YCS Education activities in the Education, Hikes and Events and YCS Funds pages. Don't forget to sign up for the Bird-a-thon as well.
- RESEARCH: To undertake research in support of Yukon Conservation Society activities, in particular on topics where a unique contribution can be made or alternative solutions can be developed or demonstrated.
Learn more about YCS Research in the Issues section and in our Newsletters.
- INTERNAL ORGANIZATION: To build and maintain a strong territory-wide organization that is efficient, effective, and responsive to Yukon ecological and human conditions.
Learn more about the Internal Functioning of YCS in the Who We Are and You Can Help! sections of the site.
Mailing and Street Address:
Yukon Conservation Society, 302 Hawkins Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1X6
Phone #: 867-668-5678 Fax #: 867-668-6637 E-mail: ycs at ycs.yk.ca