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Thompson Rivers Forest District
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Thompson Rivers Natural Resource District

ORV Recreation Strategy

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Project Goal: The project's goal is to protect sensitive grasslands and wetlands, while offering sustainable riding opportunities for ORV users.


ORV Information Links:

ORV Closures in Thompson Rivers Natural Resource District

Section 56 ORV Areas

Range & Grazing Lease Information

Alpine Motor Vehicle Restriction Thompson and Okanagan Region

“Under the Wildlife Act Motor Vehicle Prohibition, the operation of motor vehicles, except snowmobiles, above the 1,700 meter mark within the Thompson and Okanagan Regions are restricted to existing roads and trails. An existing road or trail is defined as:  a) a road or trail with a paved surface, b) a cross-country or downhill ski route marked in a ski area by the owner of the ski area, c) a road used for logging and mining, d) a road or trail used for access to fences, powerlines, wind generators or communication towers, or e) a trail on which there is no vegetation except on a strip that, if present, can be straddled by a 4-wheel vehicle.

More information pertaining to vehicle restrictions under the Wildlife Act within the Thompson Region can be found under the Region 3 Hunting and Trapping synopsis:

  • Motorized Closures in the Thompson Region (for maps see p.5)  Effective year round, in those portions of the Province of British Columbia that are above 1 700 m elevation and within either of the following regions, except on existing roads and trails:
    (a) Region 3, the Thompson Region;
    (b) Region 8, the Okanagan region.
    [en. B.C. Reg. 72/2014, App. 3, s. 7

Other ORV initiatives in the Province:

Sensitive Ecosystem information

Ungulate Winter Ranges

An Ungulate Winter Range (UWR) is defined as an area that contains habitat that is necessary to meet the winter habitat requirements of an ungulate species.

Approved Ungulate Winter Ranges

Wildlife Habitat Areas

Wildlife habitat areas (WHAs) are mapped areas that are necessary to meet the habitat requirements of an Identifed Wildlife element. The purpose of WHAs is to conserve those habitats considered most limiting to a given Identified Wildelife element. Approved Wildlife Habitat Areas

Species and Ecosystems at Risk in B.C.

British Columbia is home to tens of thousands of plant and animal species living in a rich diversity of habitats. Many of these species and their habitats are at risk of extinction or exitrpation.

Wetlands in B.C.

Currently comprising about 5.6% or 5.28 million hectares of British Columbia, wetlands provide critical habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife. Most wildlife in the province use wetland habitat at some point in their life cycle, and many red- and blue-listed species are wetland-dependent.

Grasslands of the Southern Interior

Grasslands are the most valuable to biodiversity, and the most fragile to disturbances. Today, grasslands cover less than one percent of British Columbia’s land area and are one of Canada’s most endangered ecosystems.

Contact information:

Candice Kawaguchi, Stewardship Forester
Thompson Rivers Natural Resource District, Kamloops, BC