Upper Elk Valley – Fording River Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-29
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-23
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:

Upper Elk Valley — Fording River

38  Effective year round, in all those portions of M.U. 4-23 outlined in red on the attached Map No. 1-38/16 (except that those roads shown highlighted in green on that map are designated open year round, and the Big Weary Ridge trail shown as dashed green lines on that map is designated open to atv use only from July 1 to August 31) contained within the following described boundaries:

Commencing at the point of intersection of the eastern boundary of the right of way of TransAlta Power Line Access Road with the natural boundary of Weary Creek, on the southeastern bank thereof; thence in a general northeasterly direction along the southern and eastern natural boundaries of Weary Creek to the point of intersection with the natural boundary of that unnamed lake at the headwaters of said Creek; thence in a general northerly direction along the eastern natural boundary of said lake to the northernmost point thereof; thence northeasterly to the point of intersection with the B.C./Alberta boundary at Mount Bishop; thence southerly along the B.C./Alberta boundary to the summit of Mount Farquhar; thence in a general westerly direction along the southern boundary of the watershed of Henretta Creek to the point of intersection with the western boundary of the watershed of McQuarrie Creek; thence in a general northwesterly direction along said western watershed boundary, and along the projection thereof, to the point of intersection with the natural boundary of Henretta Creek, on the northern bank thereof; thence in a general northeasterly direction along said natural boundary to the point of intersection with the western natural boundary of that unnamed creek flowing southwest into Henretta Creek in Lot 6644; thence in a general northerly direction along said western natural boundary to the point of intersection with the southern boundary of Lot 6721; thence westerly along the southern boundaries of Lots 6721, 6720 and 6647 to the southwest corner of Lot 6647; thence northerly along the western boundary of Lot 6647 to the northwest corner of said Lot; thence northerly to the point of intersection with the western boundary of the watershed of that part of Fording River north of Lot 6647; thence in a general northerly direction along said watershed boundary to the point of intersection with the southern boundary of the watershed of Aldridge Creek; thence in a general northwesterly direction along said southern watershed boundary to the point of intersection with the eastern boundary of the right of way of TransAlta Power Line Access Road; thence northerly along said right of way boundary to the point of commencement.

And

Commencing at the point of intersection of the western natural boundary of Elk River with the southern natural boundary of that unnamed creek flowing northeasterly into Elk River, within Lot 8480; thence in a general southwesterly direction along the southern natural boundary of said unnamed creek, and along the projection of said natural boundary to the summit of Riverside Mountain; thence southerly, westerly and northerly along the eastern, southern and western boundaries of the Elk Lakes Recreation Area to the point of intersection with the westernmost boundary of the watershed of Elk River, south of Mount Abruzzi; thence in a general southerly direction along said westernmost boundary to the point of intersection with the southern boundary of the watershed of Bingay Creek; thence in a general northeasterly and easterly direction along said southern boundary to a point due South of the southwest corner of Lot 9479; thence due North to said southwest corner; thence easterly along the southern boundaries of Lots 9479 and 9478 to the point of intersection with the western boundary of the right of way of Elk River Service Road; thence northerly along said right of way boundary to the point of intersection with the western natural boundary of Elk River; thence in a general northerly direction along said natural boundary to the point of commencement.

Proposed Regulations: 

Amend and open a continued section of the Big Weary Ridge seasonal open ATV trail to align with original agreement on this trail

Implement a 1900m elevation snowmobile restricted area on east side to protect high value moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain goat winter range as defined on attached map leaving Weary and Aldridge Creek Rec trails open for snowmobile use from December 1- April 30

See map here.

Rationale: 

The original rationale for the development of this AMA considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of moose, elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep and mountain goat habitat. Habitat capability mapping shows that this AMA supports grizzly bear habitat as well. Additional considerations include Westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout habitat, which benefit from motor vehicle restrictions by way of reduced sedimentation into breeding habitat, and reduced risk of riparian habitat degradation.

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]

Trombulak, S. C. & C. A. Frissell. (2000). Review of ecological effects of roads on terrestrial and aquatic communities. Conservation Biology 14(1), 18-30. [https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1046/j.1523-1739.2000.99084.x]