Wigwam Flats-Mt. Broadwood/Sportsman Ridge Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-18
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-2
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:

Wigwam Flats — Mt. Broadwood/Sportsman Ridge

34  Effective year round, in all those portions of M.U. 4-2 outlined in red on the attached Map No. 1-34, (except the roads shown highlighted in green on that map) contained within the following described boundaries:

Commencing at the intersection of a forest haul road known locally as the River Road and the Elk River; thence easterly along the south boundary of said road to its intersection with the north boundary of the Mount Broadwood Heritage Conservation Area (formerly CNPC Co (Shell Canada)); thence easterly along said boundary and its projection to the northeast boundary of the Mount Broadwood Heritage Conservation Area; thence northeasterly to the height of land between Lodgepole Creek and Morrissey Creek (Flathead Ridge); thence southeasterly along Flathead Ridge to the western boundary of the Dominion Government Block, Parcel No. 81; thence northeasterly along the western boundary of Parcel No. 81 to the northwest corner of Dominion Government Block, Parcel No. 81; thence in a southwesterly direction along the north boundary of Parcel No. 81 to the height of land between Lodgepole Creek and the Flathead River drainage; thence easterly along said height of land to a point due north of the confluence of North Lodgepole Creek and an unnamed tributary flowing in a westerly direction; thence due south to said confluence; thence southerly along North Lodgepole Creek to the northerly edge of a forest haul road locally known as the Lodgepole Road; thence westerly along the northerly edge of the Lodgepole Road to the intersection of the Lodgepole Road with the eastern boundary of the Mount Broadwood Heritage Conservation Area; thence southwesterly and northwesterly along the eastern and southern boundaries of the Mount Broadwood Heritage Conservation Area to the intersection of said boundary with the Wigwam River; thence westerly along the north bank of the Wigwam River to the confluence of the Wigwam River and the Elk River; thence northerly along the east bank of the Elk River to the point of commencement.

Proposed Regulations: 
  • Amend the seasonal opening from 1-month (June 15 – July 15) to 2 weeks (June 15 – July 1) due to fisheries concerns with bull trout being targeted. We are experiencing lower water levels earlier in the year possibly due to climate change factors combined with potential upstream impacts due to the 2017 Soowa Mountain wildfire causing earlier high-water periods leaving bull trout more vulnerable during the 1-month opening
  • Open 300m of seasonally open road June 15 – July 1 down to the confluence of the Wigwam River and Lodgepole Creek on the Nature Conservancy of Canada Land
  • Amend boundary to follow Wigwam River upstream to confluence of Cabin Creek, continuing upstream on Cabin Creek to Green/ Rocky Creek confluence, continuing up Green/ Rocky Creek to headwaters and the 2300m elevational contour, continuing on contour to intersection point with Windfall Mountain MVHCA boundary, continuing down this boundary to intersection with the Lodgepole FSR. This boundary amendment will include the Soowa Mountain MVHCA map no. 2-46/17 and 2-63/19 and Windfall Creek MVHCA which will both be replaced and repealed
  • Within this boundary amendment, open 5 small spur roads Seasonally open Windfall Creek June 15 – August 31 6km up to closure point identified on map [coordinates: 114˚ 52’32.795” W, 49˚15’18.747” N]
  • Open the remaining portion of the Ram Cabin Creek FSR to year-round open road

See map here.

Rationale: 

The proposed regulation changes are intended to (1) amend the boundary to include the Soowa Mountain and Windfall Creek Motor Vehicle Hunting Access Closures, (2) decrease the seasonal opening of the yellow road to accommodate bull trout habitat concerns, (3) establish a logical extension of a seasonal road closure, and (4) correct identified inaccuracies in a road closure location currently impeded by a gate.

The original rationale for the development of this AMA considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of bighorn sheep, mule deer, and white-tailed deer. Habitat capability mapping also shows this AMA supports mountain goat, grizzly bear, elk and moose habitat. Additional considerations include Westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout habitat, which benefits 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 wildlife is provided below:

  • 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]