People travelling on forest service roads and some resource roads in Haida Gwaii will be safer and better able to communicate as a result of upcoming changes that standardize two-way radio communications in the Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District.
The project includes standardized signs, new dedicated resource-road radio channels and standardized call procedures.
Forest industry workers, and other road users with mobile radios, are required to have their radios reprogrammed to incorporate the new resource-road channels. It is recommended that road users retain current radio frequencies until they are sure they are no longer required.
New signs posted on local resource roads indicate which radio channel to use and the calling interval. Drivers are required to indicate their direction of travel and vehicle type. Drivers using mobile radios must call according to the posted channels and call protocols.
All road users are reminded that forest service roads are not radio controlled, but radio assisted. Drive safely and according to the road and weather conditions.
To ask specific questions about this project, contact the Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District office (Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development) at 250 559-6200, or Industry Canada at 1 800 667-3780.
Resource road users are reminded to exercise additional caution during the transition period.
More information (including radio communications protocols, radio channels, maps and standardized signs) is available online: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/natural-resource-use/resource-roads/radio-communications