Chauncey Todhunter Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
2022-04-13
Status: 
Proposed
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-23
Regulation Type: 
Motor Vehicle Restrictions
Species: 
All species
Closing Date: 
January 23, 2022 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

Pending

Current Regulations: 

The current Motor Vehicle Prohibition maps for the Kootenay Region can be found at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/motor-vehicle-prohibitions

Proposed Regulations: 

Align seasonal open road end point in Todhunter (50°6.210’N 114°44.072) and Ewin Side Draw (50°3.808’N 114°44.954’W) with Cumulative Effects Management Framework (CEMF) road deactivation work completed in 2020. This will seasonally open up 0.91 km of existing road in Todhunter Creek to the Mt. Gas trail head where the road was deactivated to and 0.8 km of road in Ewin side draw.

Rationale: 

The proposed regulation changes are intended to increase understanding and compliance by moving closure point to location near deactivation work commences that is safe for public turn around and parking.  

The original rationale for the development of this Motor Vehicle Closed Area (MVCA) considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of bighorn sheep, elk and moose. Habitat capability mapping shows that this MVCA supports mountain goat, grizzly bear and ungulate winter range habitat. An addition consideration includes Westslope cutthroat trout, which benefit from motor vehicle restrictions by way of reduced sedimentation into breeding habitat, and reduced risk of riparian habitat degradation.