Cougar Canyon Ecological Reserve
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Cougar Canyon Ecological Reserve was established to preserve representative Interior Douglas-fir ecosystems, together with a chain of small lakes and associated wetlands.
Detailed Ecological Reserve Description
BC Parks has created a detailed description of each Ecological Reserve to support current or potential education and research. Each account includes physical, biological, and cultural information as well as management concerns regarding the Ecological Reserve, with references to supporting documents where available. Additional documents may also be made available, upon request.
Ecological reserves are not created for outdoor recreation. Most ecological reserves, however, are open to the public for non-destructive pursuits like hiking, nature observation and photography. Consumptive activities like hunting, freshwater fishing, camping, livestock grazing, removal of materials, plants or animals are prohibited by regulation in ecological reserves. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Research and educational activities may be carried out but only under permit.
Cougar Canyon Ecological Reserve is restricted to scientific and educational purposes related to reserve management only. There is no designated public access to the ecological reserve. Access to the reserve is challenging as much of the reserve is bordered by steep terrain. Groups of ten or more people must receive permission from the Ministry prior to entering this ecological reserve.