Kimberley will ask province to lower caribou line

City of Kimberley looks to restrict motorized access to higher elevation in watershed

Restricting motorized access to Mark Creek watershed at higher elevations would help caribou

Restricting motorized access to Mark Creek watershed at higher elevations would help caribou

The City of Kimberley, through the Mark Creek Watershed Advisory Committee, is going to try to get upper elevations in the Mark Creek Watershed designated non-motorized access only. Council will write a letter to the Ministry of Forests requesting that the caribou line be lowered.

What this means says Doug Barraclough, from the watershed committee, is that the City may be able to exercise more control on watershed access.

“We want to try to restrict the amount of access to the top end of the watershed,” Barraclough told Council on Tuesday. “There is a concentration of activity in the winter time.”

The area is caribou habitat, Barraclough says, and people are driving snowmachines through it.

“They are driving through a creek and pounding down a hard trail into caribou habitat that predators follow. If we could get that area non-motorized, it would help.”