Programs & Services: Engineering

The district has 3500 km's of Forest Service Road and 331 bridge structures.

"Industrial Use Forest Service Roads (FSR)"

are roads that are owned and operated by the ministry, but maintenance is delegated to an industrial user. 2920km's are maintained under road use permit.

"Public 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. There are 20km's of Public Use FSR.

"Wilderness Forest Service Roads"

are roads that are not defined as public or industrial use. Provision of access is not a ministry priority on wilderness roads. Maintenance on these roads is carried out if there is an environmental or safety concern.

B.C. Forest Road Radio Protocol – December 2009

Drivers with a radio should call the following if a frequency is posted, unless a sign indicates otherwise:

  • when: starting, stopping, entering or leaving a road
  • at "must call" signs
  • every km or every fifth (5th) km if no oncoming traffic
  • "up" with increase or "down" with decrease in km signs
  • in order of road name, km, up/down, number of vehicles (optional)

No call if by another driver ahead in same direction within 1 km.


Rules of the Road

  1. Use your radio as an aid to prevent accidents, but do not depend on it to save lives – nearly all forest roads are radio-assisted not radio-controlled, so not all road users have a radio.  For all users without radios it is recommended that you follow empty trucks when accessing area and loaded trucks when leaving.
  2. All vehicles call a minimum of five (5) kilometres.  Calling frequency to be increased to 1 kilometer when traffic warrants.
  3. Up vehicles call when entering road system and every 5 (five) kilometres.  Calling frequency to be increased to 3 kilometers when traffic warrants.
  4. Both Up and Down vehicles call when leaving road systems or pulling off for any time period.
  5. Do not use road channel for any purpose other than calling kilometres or emergencies.  If need to chatter then pull off road, advise other traffic and use alternate channel.  Always advise traffic when back on road.
  6. Be specific when calling – use kilometres and road name only not general terms like "top landing".
  7. All traffic must drive on right side of road.
  8. Switch channels only when you can see road frequency change sign or you are pulled off to talk to other users.
  9. Empty vehicles use designated pullouts to clear loads and allow time to sit if necessary.
  10. Use headlights at all times, but point them away from oncoming traffic in dark when in a pullout.
  11. Always drive according to conditions, particularly hazardous ones such as dust, snow, soft sub grade, rain storms, or areas of high non-radio assisted traffic and always adhere to speed zones.
  12. Expect and prepare for the unexpected – road conditions can change without warning.  Drive defensively.
  13. Be courteous and help travelling public understand the dangers and safety rules for using industrial roads.
  14. All vehicles must be equipped with appropriate safety equipment and used as conditions dictate, i.e. tire chains
Meachen Creek
(an example of safety related and environmental repair to a forest road)

Engineering Contacts

Dave Rebagliati, Engineering Supervisor
Email:, Tel: 250-426-1788

Len Palajac, Engineering Technician
Email:, Tel: 250 426-1789

Daryl Crowley, Engineering Technician (Invermere)
Email:, Tel: 250 342-4324