In advance of the May long weekend, the public is reminded about restricted recreational use in the Tunkwa-Duffy area and on grazing leases in the Kamloops area.
Tunkwa, Six Mile and Cherry Creek grassland ecosystems remain closed year-round to off-road vehicles and to camping.
The closure came into effect April 13, 2012, to protect sensitive grasslands and riparian ecosystems in the Thompson Rivers District. The closure is authorized under Section 58 of the Forest and Range Practices Act.
In addition, the Logan Lake ski trails remain closed to vehicles.
Recreational users also should be aware of restrictions to public use on grazing leases. Motorized vehicle and bicycle access off the main roads of grazing leases is restricted to signed, designated trails only.
The Noble and Barnhartvale grazing leases are of particular concern with increased motorbike and all-terrain vehicle use, large amounts of garbage being left behind and damage to the environment. Under the Trespass Act, unauthorized use may result in a maximum penalty of $2,000 or six months in jail.
Camping is prohibited on grazing leases. The Province encourages the public to use designated camping facilities. The Thompson Rivers District has many campsites, both public and private, offering a range of amenities and services.
These closures and restrictions are in place to prevent further environmental damage, such as soil disturbance and introduction of invasive weed species.
Where grasslands are open to vehicle access, users are reminded to practise responsible riding and recreation to ensure these areas remain popular tourist destinations for future generations.
Tunkwa-Duffy area closure information and maps: http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/about/tunkwa-duffy-orv-riding.aspx
To find a recreation site near you: http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca
Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations