Regional Access Management Maps and Guide

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Access Management Compliance and Enforcement Program Reports for the Regional District of East Kootenay’s Electoral Area A

2011: Final 2011 AMCEP Report (PDF 0.8 MB)

2012: Final 2012 AMCEP Report (PDF 1.2 MB)

2013: Final 2013 AMCEP Report (PDF 2.5 MB)

2014: Final 2014 AMCEP Report (PDF 3MB)

2015: Final 2015 AMCEP Report (PDF 1.3 MB)

2017: Final 2017 AMCEP Report (PDF  3.1 MB)

2018: Final 2018 AMCEP Report (PDF 8.7 MB)

2019: Final 2019 AMCEP Report (PDF 3.5 MB)

2020: Final 2020 AMCEP Report (PDF 5 MB)

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PDF Area Maps (Instruction for Loading Maps to iPhone/iPad)

Note: Maps are geoPDF so they can be used with Avenza PDF Maps application found as a download with your iPhone or iPad.

 

In the Kootenay Region, as well as across B.C., the rapid expansion in the resource road network and the growing popularity of four-wheel drive and off-road vehicle use has resulted in a dramatic increase in public use of the forest roads and adjacent forest lands. This increase in public access and land use has resulted in impacts to sensitive ecosystems and fish and wildlife populations through habitat loss and fragmentation. This access use can also increase disturbance and stress levels on wildlife populations.

There are additional impacts on fish and wildlife habitat through the spread of invasive plant species, soil erosion and the sedimentation of fisheries streams. These impacts can be directly related to unmanaged and increasing motorized access. The provincial Wildlife Act provides the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) with the ability to manage access within sensitive areas or areas of high wildlife habitat value for the purpose of wildlife, fish and habitat conservation. While FLNRORD is responsible for establishing access regulations, the Conservation Officer Service (COS) under the Ministry of Environment is the agency that enforces the regulations. FLNRORD and the Ministry of Environment encourage you to enjoy and respect these areas.

ACCESS REGULATIONS UNDER THE Wildlife Act

Motor Vehicle Prohibition Regulation Areas can include but are not limited to Motor Vehicle Closed Areas (MVCA) and Motor Vehicle for Hunting Closed Areas (MVHCA). MVCAs (formerly referred to as Access Management Areas (AMAs) are designated areas where vehicle use is managed under the Wildlife Act to reduce damage to fish and wildlife habitat and/ or to protect fish and wildlife populations from harassment or over-harvest. Restrictions vary and may be year-round or seasonal. Changing the name from AMA to MVCA is intended to provide users with clarity and consistency when referencing the Wildlife Act Motor Vehicle Prohibition Regulation.

MVHCAs are designated areas where the operation of motor vehicles to hunt or transport hunters, wildlife or equipment and supplies intended for, or in support of, hunting is prohibited. This regulation is intended to assist in wildlife management. Motor vehicles include but are not limited to: vehicles, ATV/ UTV snowmobile, motorcycles, and e-bikes. If Vehicle Use Prohibited signs are present, respect them and do not drive into these trails and roads for the purpose of hunting. Before going into a MVCA, it is your responsibility to research maps or regulations and not become dependent on signs. Please note: It is an offence under the Wildlife Act Section 83(2) to remove, damage, alter or destroy any sign legally posted in support of Access Management.

Under the Forest and Range Practices Act, it is illegal for individuals to cause environmental damage including any change to soil that adversely alters an ecosystem. While travelling on a Forest Service Road, operators of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) are required to hold a valid driver’s licence and carry a minimum of $200,000 third-party liability insurance. Conservation Officers are responsible for administering the Access Management Compliance and Enforcement Program. Key initiatives within the program involve proactive education, public relations and compliance and enforcement relating to access management.

If you have any questions about the closure areas, please refer to the Wildlife Act's
Motor Vehicle Prohibition Regulation.

To report violations call the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line
at 1 877 952-RAPP (7277) or email RAPP at rapp.bc.ca

MOTOR VEHICLE PROHIBITION/RESTRICTION MAPS

These maps are intended for general information purposes only. Where there is a discrepancy between these maps and the Regulations, the Regulations are the final authority. Regulations are subject to change from time to time, and it is the responsibility of an individual to be informed of the current Regulations. For descriptions of current regulations, please reference the Motor Vehicle Prohibition Regulation.

Motor Vehicle Closed Areas - Listed by Management Unit (MU): Motor Vehicle for Hunting Closed Areas - Listed by Management Unit (MU):


Areas Closed to Commercial-Scale Huckleberry Harvesting

 

From July 15 to October 15 yearly unless otherwise indicated, commercial-scale picking of huckleberries is prohibited in some areas of the Kootenay Boundary region, including Monk Creek, Summit Creek, Little Moyie, Goat River, Kid Creek, Iron Creek/Sand Creek, and Sportsman Ridge/Upper Flathead River.

Please see the following maps of the closed areas: