Dutch Creek-Findlay Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-32
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 — Findlay

11  Effective year round, in that portion of M.U. 4-26 outlined in red on the attached Map No. 1-11/14 (except those roads indicated as solid green lines and designated as open year round, including the unnamed spur road which leads to Hazard Beacon Site #2, and except those roads indicated as dashed green lines and designated as open from May 1 to November 30).

Proposed Regulations: 

Extend year-round open road by 700 m at north end to new closure gate 

Boundary amendment to include Marion Creek Bench lands Conservation Area (DL 8193 and DL 8194) belonging to Nature Conservancy of Canada as per private land owners request and open the specified year-round open road within the identified parcels Track 36

See map here.

Rationale: 

The proposed regulation changes are intended to (1) change endpoint of access road to suitable location and (2) amend AMA boundary to include Conservation Area for consistent accessibility of regulations and legislature.  

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

Additional Information: 

A subset of literature that supports the benefits of motor vehicle restrictions for these wildlife species 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]