Commercial Backcountry Recreation in the North Central Monashees

Information is provided in an effort to assist proponents in planning their commercial backcountry recreation management plans for the North Central Monashees area. The intent is to guide proponents to existing information on various web sites, as well as to indicate how to obtain more site specific data if it is available. This information package can be obtained by downloading the Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) file entitled:
Wildlife Information For Commercial Backcountry Recreation Opportunities In The North Central Monashee Mountains (PDF 23KB).

Various resource web sites are noted in the information package and are provided below as direct links. Proponents should read through our information package first, then visit the specified web sites for further information.

Resource Links

The 2004 Expanded Kootenay Region Interim Wildlife Guidelines for Commercial Backcountry Recreation in British Columbia and Draft Guidelines for Mitigating Impacts of Commercial Backcountry Recreation on Wildlife in British Columbia outline objectives and strategies on how to avoid and mitigate impacts to specific species, plant communities and special habitats. These strategies should be addressed where necessary, in CBR management plans.

In 2006, the Wildlife Guidelines for Backcountry Tourism/Commercial Recreation were developed to ensure that backcountry recreation activities are conducted in a manner that does not compromise the current distribution of wildlife, the sustainability of their populations, or the integrity of their habitats.They define results, desired behaviours, indicators, and limits for backcountry activities in relation to wildlife and their habitats. [These 2006 guidelines supercede the 2004 Interim Guidelines.]

The Okanagan Shuswap Land Resource Management Plan (LRMP) is the strategic land use plan (SLUP) for the area and management plans should be consistent with this document. In addition to PDF files containing specific Resource Management Zone (RMZ) mapping with accompanying text for wildlife, recreation, tourism and protected areas, the web site also contains digital and HP Plotfile mapping.

For information on rare and endangered species and plant communities by forest district, see the Tracking List section of the BC Conservation Data Centre. Data files can be searched by request at this web site and are available in database format or as spatial data files.

Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (B.C. mapping is also available at the Ministry of Forests web site entitled Digital Biogeoclimatic Subzone/Variant Mapping.