Chauncey Todhunter Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-28
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-23
Regulation Type: 
Motor Vehicle Restrictions
Species: 
All
Closing Date: 
January 19, 2020 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

This regulation was approved as proposed and is included in the 2020-2022 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Current Regulations: 

Motor Vehicle Prohibited Area:

Chauncey — Todhunter

17  Effective year round, in all those portions of M.U. 4-23 outlined in red on the attached Map No. 1-17 (except those roads shown as solid green lines which are designated as open year round and those roads shown as dashed green lines which are designated open from June 16 to August 31) contained within the following described boundaries:

Commencing at the point of intersection of the eastern boundary of the right of way of the Canadian Pacific Railway with the natural boundary of Kilmarnock Creek, on the southern bank thereof; thence in a general easterly direction to and along the southern boundary of the watershed of Kilmarnock Creek to the point of intersection with the B.C./Alberta boundary; thence southerly along the B.C./Alberta boundary to the point of intersection with the southern boundary of the watershed of Ewin Creek; thence in a general westerly direction along said southern boundary to the point of intersection with the western boundary of the watershed of Line Creek; thence in a general southerly direction along said western boundary, and in a general westerly direction along the northern boundary of the watershed of Line Creek to the point of intersection with the southern boundary of the watershed of Grace Creek; thence in a general westerly direction along said southern boundary to the summit of Mount Lyne; thence in a general northwesterly direction along the southwestern boundary of the watershed of Grace Creek to the point of intersection with the eastern boundary of the right of way of the Canadian Pacific Railway; thence northerly along said right of way boundary to the point of intersection with the eastern boundary of the right of way of Fording River Forest Service Road; thence northerly along said right of way boundary to the point of intersection with the eastern boundary of the right of way of the Canadian Pacific Railway, within Lot 6687; thence northerly along the eastern boundary of the right of way of the Canadian Pacific Railway to the point of commencement.

Proposed Regulations: 
  • Kilmanick year-round open road to be removed as it does not exist as displayed and through Fording River mine expansion this area is now within a No Unauthorized Entry Boundary under the Mine Act for human health and safety
  • End of Todhunter seasonally open road June 16 – August 31 closure point will be moved nearly 1 km further up the drainage to provide public to have access to a location near the Mt. Gass trailhead while still attempting to meet wildlife and habitat objectives for disturbance and displacement in the drainage along with striving to meet objectives set out for reduced road densities as identified in the Cumulative Effects process
  • End of Ewen Creek seasonally open road closure point to be moved back 2.1 km to creek location where the road is currently reclaimed to and provides no further vehicle access beyond at present
  • Small section of Ewen Creek road opened year-round to area where there is current camping use
  • House keeping: use Track 5 to correct Ewen Road location on map as it is currently in wrong location to an area where there is no road
  • Closure point for year-round open road in Dry Creek and remove seasonally open road beyond this point as the road is gated and through Line Creek mine expansion area is now under the No Unauthorized Entry Boundary under the Mine Act for human health and safety 
  • Closure point for year-round open road in Grace Creek and remove seasonally open road beyond this point as through Line Creek mine expansion area is now under the No Unauthorized Entry Boundary under the Mine Act for human health and safety

See map here.

Rationale: 

The proposed regulation changes are intended to (1) correct identified inaccuracies in road location and ensure no entry within No Unauthorized Entry (NUE) areas for public health and safety and (2) modify road closure end points for public access and safety.

The original rationale for the development of this AMA considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of bighorn sheep, elk and moose. Habitat capability mapping shows that this AMA 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.

Additional Information: 

A subset of literature that supports the benefits of motor vehicle restrictions for wildlife is provided below:

  • Forman, R. T., Friedman, D. S., Fitzhenry, D., Martin, J. D., Chen, A. S., & Alexander, L. E. 1997. Ecological effects of roads: toward three summary indices and an overview for North America. See Ref, 21, 40-54.
  • Mountain Goat Management Team. 2010. Management Plan for the Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) in British Columbia. Prepared for the B.C. Ministry of Environment, Victoria, B.C. 87pp. [http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/recovery/management_plans/MtGoat_MP_Final_28May2010.pdf]
  • Proctor, M. F., B. N. McLellan, G. B. Stenhouse, G. Mowat, C. T. Lamb & M. A. Boyce. (2018). Resource Roads and Grizzly Bears in British Columbia and Alberta. Canadian Grizzly Bear Management Series, Resource Road Management. Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project. Kaslo, BC, Canada. http://transbordergrizzlybearproject.ca/research/publications.html
  • Rowland, M. M., Wisdom, M. J., Johnson, B. K., & Penninger, M. A. 2004. Effects of roads on elk: implications for management in forested ecosystems. In: Transactions of the 69th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference: 491-508. [https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/24797]