Forest Service Roads - Engineering


Responsibilities

The Engineering Department of the Chilliwack Forest District is responsible for the administration of more than 1,900 kilometres of Forest Service Roads and over 350 major structures


Forest Service Road Conditions, Warnings and Closures

The map below shows the Forest Service Roads, recreation sites and trails in the Chilliwack District. Point and click on the FSR roads to find road condition information. Click on the recreation sites or trail symbols to access a website with information on camping and hiking in the Chilliwack District.

A road is closed for safety or environmental reasons. These closures are normally temporary in nature, so check back regularly for updated information. The map is updated as information becomes known. Be advised that there may be instances where an event on a road or bridge has not yet been identified. People using Forest Service Roads should do so with caution. Please report any road safety issues to the Chilliwack District office at 604-702-5700.

Please read the road safety, road use regulations and road policy information before travelling on forest service roads.

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HEADLIGHTS SHOULD REMAIN ON AT ALL TIMES
LOGGING TRUCKS AND EQUIPMENT HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY AT ALL TIMES
BE PREPARED FOR WINTER TRAVEL

Vehicles using snow covered roads may become stuck or trapped. There is a risk of avalanche in the higher elevations. Cellular telephone coverage is not available in many areas and there are very few opportunities for contact with emergency services or vehicle towing.

  • For a copy of the Forest Service Road Use Regulation click here

  • For information on safe travel on Forest Service Roads click here

Vehicle access is restricted on the following gated roads. Click here for list

Road Safety

Resource Road User Safety Guide Brochure
Radio Calling Procedure - June 17, 2011 Chilliwack Forest Road Management Group
Driving Safe Procedure - May 1, 2009 Chilliwack Forest Road Management Group

Forest Service Road Use Regulations

Please note that Forest Service Road Use Regulations including speed restrictions and insurance requirements are in effect and enforced.  

MOTORIZED USE OF A FOREST SERVICE ROAD IS SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE ACT

Reporting Illegal Activities

GARBAGE DUMPING IS ILLEGAL

Don't let thoughtless people ruin your visit to the wilderness. Observe, record and report any illegal dumping activities to:

  • Forest Service Compliance and Enforcement: 604-702-5700
  • Conservation Officer Service: 1-877-952-7277 or Cell #7277 (RAPP)
  • RCMP: 604-792-4611

Or fill out the Forest Service Public Incident Report

 
 
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Forest Service Road Policy Overview

Other than roads used by the Ministry's Timber Sales Program, the Ministry, will no longer maintain Forest Service Roads (FSRs) with Industrial Use and, with few exceptions, will no longer maintain Forest Service roads for motor vehicle access where there is no industrial use.

  • The Ministry of Forests and Range will continue to maintain Community Use Forest Service Roads until further notice (where there is an industrial user, maintenance may be shared).

  • Although management for forest recreation is now under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Forests and Range will, subject to available funding, maintain limited access to established Recreation Sites and Trails.
  • Where responsibility for Forest Service road maintenance is not transferred or funded on a user-pay basis, those roads will be maintained to the "Wilderness Road" standard, or deactivated.
  • Roads may be temporarily closed where it would be difficult to provide for a reasonable level of user safety (due to the threat of landslides or bridge load restrictions).
  • Roads may be permanently deactivated where:
    • it becomes apparent that necessary repair work on a closed road cannot be carried out;
    • the road is located at the back end of a drainage (with little or no current use and no potential for expansion of access); or
    • the cost of maintenance outweighs the cost of deactivation.

Policy Definitions:

Industrial Use Forest Service Roads are roads that are owned and operated by the ministry, but maintenance is delegated to an industrial user.

Community Use Forest Service Roads are roads which access a year-round residential area with its own Post Office, or either a school located within it or school bus route to or from it. Populated reserves are included in this definition. They do not include roads that provide access to seasonal cabins, isolated residences, commercial operations, parks, or recreation sites.

Community Use Forest Service Road maintenance standards include user safety maintenance activities such as road surface maintenance and sight line brushing as well those activities required for the protection of the environment. User safety maintenance activities will be commensurate with the types of vehicles and pattern of use.

Wilderness Forest Service Roads are roads that are not defined as public or industrial use and where the responsibility for maintenance is not transferred or funded on a user-pay basis. Provision of access is not a ministry priority on wilderness roads.

Wilderness FSRs maintenance standards include those activities required for the protection of the environment, activities do not include surface maintenance or site line brushing. As such, only bridge repair and those maintenance projects required to mitigate environmental problems, like mass wasting or washouts, which may impact residential or worker safety, improvements, or natural resources, will be carried out. Wilderness road maintenance activities will include culvert and bridge removal, waterbars, partial or full pullback of side slopes and cross ditches. Washouts or road slumps may not be repaired.