Wednesday, June 15, 2016

From Castanet

Glad to see that abuse of the Alpine is being enforced.

5 fined on Little White
Five people have been fined for causing environmental damage to alpine vegetation on Little White Mountain southeast of Kelowna last Sunday.

Conservation officer Terry Myroniuk said the five were on off road vehicles operating off existing roads on the backside of the mountain above the 1,700 meter mark.

“Their actions caused environmental damage,” said Myroniuk. “All five drivers received violation tickets.”

“It is an offence to operate any motorized vehicles off of existing roads and trails above 1,700 meters (5,577 feet) in elevation,” Myroniuk said. “It is also an offence to operate a motor vehicle in a manner causing damage to the environment (at any elevation). This includes mudbogging.”
Fines for those types of offence range from $230 to $805.

Myroniuk said elevation restrictions are in place to protect alpine and sub-alpine vegetation, which is sensitive to disturbances. Reckless operation off of existing roads can cause irreparable damage to this sensitive habitat.

“Mudbogging is illegal, but so is any kind of off-road activity causing environmental damage...It is illegal and destructive.”
The Conservation Service is asking anyone who can identify a truck spotted on Little White Mountain on Sunday or provide any information to assist the investigation to call 1-877-952-7277.  Callers can remain anonymous.

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