Premier Ridge Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-21
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-21
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:

Premier Ridge

1  Effective year round, in that portion of M.U. 4-21 (except any private properties and access to private properties contained within the following described boundaries:

Commencing at the southeast corner of D.L. 8103, K.D.; thence northerly and westerly along the easterly and northerly boundary of D.L. 8103, K.D. to the southeast corner of D.L. 10344; thence northerly along the eastern boundaries of D.L.s 10344 and 10345, K.D., to the southerly boundary of D.L. 10343, K.D.; thence easterly and northerly along the southern and eastern boundary of D.L. 10343 to its intersection with the southern boundary of D.L. 338; thence easterly, northerly and westerly along the southern, eastern and northern boundary of D.L. 338, K.D. to the southeast corner of D.L. 265, K.D.; thence northerly along the eastern boundary and its projection of D.L. 265, K.D. to the intersection of the south bank of the Lussier River; thence in a generally northeasterly direction along said south bank of the Lussier River to its intersection with the northern boundary of D.L 336, K.D.; thence easterly along the northern boundary and its projection of D.L. 336, K.D. to its intersection with the western edge of the Wasa Sheep Creek Road #44; thence southerly and easterly along the western and southern edges of the Wasa Sheep Creek Road #44 and the Premier Lake Park Road #151 to the intersection of the western boundary of Premier Lake Park; thence in a generally southerly, and easterly direction along the westerly and southerly boundaries of said park to the most southwesterly corner of Premier Lake Park; thence easterly along the southerly boundary of said park to the most southeasterly corner of Premier Lake Park; thence due south to the natural boundary of Rockbluff Lake on the western shore thereof; thence southerly along the westerly shore of Rockbluff Lake to the most southwesterly point thereof; thence due south to the natural boundary of Wolf Creek on the western bank thereof; thence southerly along the western bank of Wolf Creek to its intersection with the northern edge of the Wolf Creek Road #41; thence in a southwesterly direction along the northern edge of the Wolf Creek Road #41 to its intersection with the most easterly boundary of D.L. 7003, K.D.; thence northerly and westerly along the easterly and northerly boundaries of D.L. 7003, K.D. to the point of commencement.

See map here

Proposed Regulations: 

Amend seasonally open road dates from current open period of May 1 – November 30 to May 1 – December 31 to attempt to address Bighorn Sheep Predation risk.

See map here.

Rationale: 

The proposed regulation changes are intended to modify road open/closure dates for the benefit of wildlife.

The original rationale for the development of this AMA considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer and bighorn sheep. Habitat capability mapping also shows that this AMA contains valuable moose and grizzly bear habitat.

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. [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]