Controlled and limited access to sensitive habitats in the backcountry is the most effective way to reduce disturbance from recreational activities. Public and stakeholder education is vital to raise awareness, to boost a stewardship culture, and encourage desired behaviour in recreational user groups.
Controlling access to caribou areas
While backcountry recreational activity has less impact on habitats than resource development uses, it could disturb or displace caribou from their preferred habitat.
To date, the Province has focused on restricting snowmobile and heli-ski operations in specific areas. We will continue to review regions where removing recreational access will decrease human and predator access, and reduce the disturbances to caribou habitat. We will use existing laws and policies to reduce access to sensitive areas, especially in situations where roads are not managed under tenures or other permits.
Working with the Conservation Officer Service, we will build a motor vehicle compliance strategy that will be applied across the province.
Educating the public on the potential impacts of their activities on caribou herds and their habitats is essential, especially as more and more people want to visit the backcountry.