Dutch Creek and Brewer Creek Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-33
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-26
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:

Dutch Creek and Brewer Creek

109  Effective year round, in that portion of M.U. 4-26 outlined in red on the attached Map No. 1-97/16, except that

(a) at all times, motor vehicles are permitted on roads highlighted in green on that map, and

(b) between June 16 and October 15, motor vehicles are permitted on roads indicated in dashed black lines on that map.

Proposed Regulations: 

Modify year-round open road to a seasonally open road from June 16 – August 31 and December 1 – March 31 to avoid motor vehicle disturbance to significant winter to summer range migration routes between proposed gate locations [north gate coordinates: 50°20’8.35”N 116°0’4.12W] [south gate coordinates: 50°14’7.24”N 116°2’59.00”W]. See map here.

Rationale: 

The proposed regulation changes are intended to (1) amend a seasonal road segment to mitigate disturbance to a significant migration route.

The original rationale for the development of this AMA considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of mountain goats, elk and mule deer. Habitat capability modelling shows that this AMA also supports grizzly bear and moose habitat. An additional 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:

Beazley, K. F., Snaith, T. V., Mackinnon, F., & David, C. 2004. Road density and the potential impact on wildlife species such as American Moose in mainland Nova Scotia. Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science. [https://ojs.library.dal.ca/nsis/article/view/NSIS42-2beazleysnaithmackinnoncolville]

Hayden, J. G., Ardt, G., Fleming, M., Keegan, T. W., Peek, J., Smith, T. O., & Wood, A. (2008). Habitat guidelines for mule deer: Northern forest ecoregion. Mule Deer Working Group, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. USA. [https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281753932_Habitat_Guidelines_for_Mule_Deer_Northern_Forest_Ecoregion]

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]

Trombulak, S. C. & C. A. Frissell. (2000). Review of ecological effects of roads on terrestrial and aquatic communities. Conservation Biology 14(1), 18-30. [https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1046/j.1523-1739.2000.99084.x]