Pickering Hills Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-24
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-22
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

Pickering Hills

7  Effective year round, in all those portions of M.U. 4-22 outlined in red on the attached Map No. 1-7 (except the area described as Lot 3, Plan 12040, District Lot 325, Kootenay Land District and except those roads shown highlighted in a dashed green line and designated open between June 1 and August 31 and those roads highlighted in a solid green line and designated open year round).

Proposed Regulations: 

House keeping: correct south east access point by removing current open road that does not exist and displaying Spring Lake FSR as the green year-round open road to provide public access to the same location

Amend opening 700 m of road year-round providing public access to Crowsnest/Pickering Lake [coordinates: 49°27’26.74N 115°24’25.85W]

See map here.

Rationale: 

The proposed regulation changes are intended to (1) correct identified inaccuracies in road location and access and (2) open roads necessary for public access to Crowsnest/Pickering Lake.

The original rationale for the development of this AMA considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer winter range. Habitat capability mapping also shows this AMA supports grizzly bear, moose and bighorn sheep habitat. These species experience loss of suitable habitat with the presence of motor vehicles within their habitat ranges, which can influence the reproduction and survival of these populations.

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.

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]