Weigert Creek Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-30
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: 

Weigert Creek

37  Effective year round, in those portions of M.U. 4-23 shown on the attached Map No. 1-37/05 (except the road shown highlighted in green on that map, which is open year-round, and Look-out Road, shown as dashed on that map, which is open to atv use only July 1 to August 31) contained within the following described boundaries:

Commencing at the intersection of Weigert Creek and the western boundary of Lot 8542; thence northerly, westerly, southerly and easterly following the northern, western and southern height of land of Weigert Creek watershed to the point of commencement.

Proposed Regulations: 

Amend the beginning section of the seasonally open ATV road to align with upgraded forest harvest road and remove old portion of the trail. See map here.

Rationale: 

The proposed regulation changes are intended to reroute access road to remove conflict with industry and for public safety.

The original rationale for the development of this AMA considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of bighorn sheep, mountain goat and grizzly bear. Habitat capability mapping also shows that this AMA has the potential to support moose and elk populations.

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]

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]