Galton Range Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
Regulation Type: 
Motor Vehicle Restrictions
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:

Galton Range

35  Effective year round, in all those portions of M.U. 4-2 outlined in red on the attached Map No. 1-35/16, except that

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

(b) between September 1 and June 15, motor vehicles are permitted on roads indicated in dashed black lines on that map.

Proposed Regulations: 
  • Amend Maguire Creek seasonally open road closure point back 1 km to location of road vegetation regrowth motorized barrier and unnamed creek (49°10’51.70N 115°3’4.65W)
  • Amend Snowshoe Lake seasonally open road back 700m to main FSR (49°6’58.68N 115°4’25.06W)
  • Amend northwest boundary to align with the Koocanusa Recreation Strategy Non-Motorized Area with designated year-round open roads as identified on map

See map here.


The proposed regulation changes are intended to (1) move road closure points back to determined locations and (2) amend boundaries to align with adjacent AMAs.

The original rationale for the development of this AMA considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of mule deer, Bighorn sheep and elk winter range. Habitat capability mapping also shows this AMA supports grizzly bear, moose, and mountain goat habitat. Additional considerations include Westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout habitat, which benefits from motor vehicle restrictions by way of reduced sedimentation into breeding habitat, and reduced risk of riparian habitat degradation. This area also supports numerous Wildlife Habitat Areas (WHAs) for Western Screech Owl and Gillette’s Checkerspot.

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. []

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. []

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. []

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.

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. []

Trombulak, S. C. & C. A. Frissell. (2000). Review of ecological effects of roads on terrestrial and aquatic communities. Conservation Biology 14(1), 18-30. []