CB C- Yukon prospector, contractor each fined $1,200 for cutting illegal trail. Nicolai Goeppel’s company bulldozed a 17-kilometre trail north of Carmacks without permits
A Yukon prospector, and a local contractor, will each pay $1,200 for building a 17-kilometre trail without permits. The fines were delivered in Yukon Territorial Court on Wednesday.
Prospector Nicolai Goeppel pleaded guilty to three charges under Yukon land use regulations. The trail was built last summer near McGregor Creek, about 45 kilometres north of Carmacks.
H. Coyne and Sons, the excavating contractor that did the work, also pleaded guilty to three charges under territorial land use regulations. The government says the trail is about 3.5 metres wide and leads to a remote prospecting lease that was still pending approval. Most of it was cut through Crown land.
“This is one of the worst offences Yukon has seen in terms of contraventions of land use in recent years,” said Crown prosecutor Megan Seiling.