South Peace snowmobilers are prohibited from caribou habitat | Energeticcity.ca

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“Although winter motorized recreation is not the main threat to caribou recovery, drive vehicles such as snowmobiles in alpine and subalpine regions caribou habitat can disrupt and displace animals, placing unnecessary stress on them and making them more vulnerable to predators such as wolves and cougars, ”the ministry’s newsletter says.

The ministry says the goal is to mitigate the impacts on caribou recovery while pursuing winter recreation in areas outside the mainland. caribou habitat.

The ministry provides $ 150,000 through its BC Caribou Recovery Program to help locals snowmobile clubs plan improvement projects outside of managed areas to protect caribou habitat.

Projects could include new access, maintenance of existing trails and other projects identified by clubs.

Recovery program staff worked with Saulteau First Nations, West Moberly First Nations and the federal government to support caribou recovery in the area. The ministry also spoke to local governments, including Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and the BC Snowmobile Federation.

A public engagement process took place from May 19 to July 14.

A map showing areas affected by motor vehicle closures is available in line.


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