Power Plant Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-25
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: 

Powerplant

18  Effective year round, in that portion of M.U. 4-22 (excluding those private properties indicated in yellow, and excepting those roads shown as solid green lines and designated as open year round, and those roads shown as dashed green lines and designated as open from May 1 to November 30, on the attached Map No. 1-18) contained within the following described boundaries:

Commencing at the intersection of the north bank of the Bull River with the east side of the Bull River-Ft. Steele Road; thence proceeding easterly and northeasterly following the north bank of the Bull River to its intersection with the northerly boundary of SL 39; thence proceeding northwesterly and westerly, following the height of land between 2 unnamed creeks flowing easterly into the Bull River south and north of SL 39, to the intersection of the said heights of land with the southerly height of land of the watershed of Dibble Creek; thence proceeding westerly following the southerly height of land of the Dibble Creek watershed to its intersection with the easterly height of land of the watershed of Little Bull Creek; thence proceeding southwesterly to the northeast corner of Lot 313; thence southerly following the easterly boundary of Lot 313 to the southerly boundary of SL 34; thence proceeding westerly and southerly following the northerly and westerly boundaries of SL 34 to the southerly side of the Bull River Canyon access road; thence proceeding westerly following the southerly side of the road to the easterly side of the Bull River-Ft. Steele Road; thence proceeding southerly following the easterly side of the Bull River- Ft. Steele Road to the southerly boundary of Lot 2960; thence proceeding easterly and northerly following the southerly and easterly boundaries of Lot 2960 to the southerly boundary of Lot 2959; thence proceeding easterly and northerly following the southerly and easterly boundaries of Lot 2959 to the northwest corner of Parcel A of District Lot 10278; thence proceeding easterly, southerly, westerly, southerly and westerly following the boundaries of Parcel A of D.L. 10278 to the northeast corner of Lot 3705; thence proceeding southerly and westerly following the easterly and southerly boundaries of Lot 3705 to the east side of Bull River-Ft. Steele Road; thence southeasterly following the east side of the Bull River-Ft. Steele Road to the point of commencement.

Proposed Regulations: 

Amend boundary to include the Nature Trust of British Columbia’s (NTBC) Bull River Grassland Corridor Conservation Property into the Motor Vehicle Prohibition area

Amend year-round open road to the power line off of the Powerplant Dam road – move the closure point of this road back 500m to corral due to non-compliance causing damage to habitat and range values [coordinates: 49°29’28.03 115°25’20.88W]

See map here.

Rationale: 

The proposed regulation changes are intended to (1) include the NTBC’s conservation property within the regulation area and (2) move open road closure back to mitigate negative impacts for habitat and range values.

The original rationale for development of this AMA considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of bighorn sheep, mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk winter ranges. Habitat capability mapping also shows this AMA supports mountain goat, moose, and grizzly bear habitat. The presence of motor vehicles within their habitat ranges results in loss of suitable habitat and can have effects on reproduction and survival.

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]