The Ministry of Environment has established Government Actions Regulation orders for ungulate winter ranges (UWRs) and wildlife habitat areas (WHAs) and associated general wildlife measures (GWMs) under the Forest and Practices Range Act (FRPA) to support the recovery of mountain caribou in British Columbia.
In areas where approved UWR and WHA orders designated for mountain caribou apply, heli-skiing and cat-skiing forest-related cutting activities for ski run development, helicopter landing and pickup site development, and snow trail development will need to meet the practice requirements of the GWMs stipulated in the orders. Where an occupational license to cut (OLTC) has been issued to heli-skiing and cat-skiing tenure holders prior to February 2009, which is the effective date for the GWMs, activities carried out under the OLTC will not be required to meet the practice requirement of the GWMs and no exemption from the GWMs is required. However, the MoE would hope to work with tenure holders, educate operators, and have voluntary compliance with the standard operating practices and operational guidance that are identified in this document.
The intent of this document is to provide guidance to commercial heli-skiing and cat-skiing tenure holders and government staff for implementing the GWMs, and carrying out activities consistent with mountain caribou recovery objectives.
Hamilton, Dennis, Pasztor, Chris. 2010. A Guide to Commercial Backcountry Skiing Standard Operating Practices for Ski Run Development, Helicopter Landing and Pickup Site Development, and Snow Trail Development in Mountain Caribou Habitat. Ministry of Environment
Topic: Recovery Planning
Keywords: bc, british columbia
Scientific Name: Rangifer tarandus
English Name: Caribou
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