Linklater Creek Motor Vehicle for Hunting Closed Area

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-36
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-3
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:

Linklater Creek

36  Effective year round, in all those portions of M.U. 4-03 outlined in red on the attached Map No. 1-36, (except those roads highlighted in a solid green line and designated as open year round).

Proposed Regulations: 

Amend the boundary of the Linklater Creek Motor Vehicle Prohibited Area. See map here.

Rationale: 

The current Motor Vehicle for Hunting Closed Area (MVHCA) boundary is based on the 2017 fire boundary, however, another fire burned the area adjacent and north of the 2017 fire and was subsequently salvaged logged. The 2017 and 2019 wildfires act as one continuous surface of burn and salvage logging.

The proposed regulation change is to close areas that burned during the 2019 Linklater fire. To manage hunting pressure due to increased road density and line of sight the MVHCA boundary should be extended north to include area burned during the 2019 Linklater fire.

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]