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Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Todagin Wildlife Management Area

About This Wildlife Management Area

Date Designated: March 19, 2001

Purpose:  Conservation and management of critical habitat for Stone Sheep and other habitat and wildlife values.

Size: 122,787 hectares

Region: Skeena

Location and Maps

South of Dease Lake in northwestern BC.

Nature and Culture

Wildlife

The Todagin WMA includes critical habitat for major Stone Sheep populations, and also supports Mountain Goats, Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Woodland Caribou, Hoary Marmots, Moose and raptors. Rainbow Trout populate many of the streams and lakes. Over 120 species of bird utilize the area, including Northern Goshawk, Great Horned Owl, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Green-winged Teal, blue-listed Short-eared Owl and endangered Hudsonian Godwit.

Physiography, Climate and Vegetation

Located within the Iskut River and Klappan River major watersheds, the WMA includes Todagin Plateau and Tsatia Mountain. Stream erosion, glaciation, and volcanic activity were the main landform influences. The region is characterized by open, gently rolling plateaus and highlands, broad valley bottoms and subalpine areas. Mountains consist of folded sedimentary layers with serrated and jagged peaks formed by alpine glaciation. The principal rocks are black fine-grained argillite and shale, and dark greywacke. Summers are short and cool, while the winters are long and cold. The climate is influenced by a rain-shadow effect, where most of the moisture carried on the prevailing westerly winds over the northern coastal mountain ranges is lost before arriving into the northern boreal mountains. The open, gently rolling plateaus and highlands provide habitat for low deciduous scrub, heath vegetation and lichen-grasslands. The broad valley bottoms are dominated by Spruce and Pine boreal forests, while the subalpine areas host White Spruce and Fir forests, along with dense Willow and Dwarf Birch scrublands. Twelve provincially rare plants (blue-listed) and two rare lichen species inhabit the WMA.

Compatible Resource and Recreation Uses

The Todagin Plateau and Tsatia Mountains continue to be used by the Tahltan First Nation for traditional activities, and contain many historic sites and trails. Guide outfitting, commercial tourism, and recreation activities occur in the area. A large-scale mine, the Red Chris Porphyry Copper Gold Project, has received approval through the BC Environmental Assessment Office to begin development once a suitable source of electrical power is available.

Management Planning

Information on management direction is available from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations regional office.