June 30, 2016 - 9:00 PM
PENTICTON - New legislation aimed at protecting the sensitive ecosystems on Oliver Mountain will begin Canada Day.
A motor vehicle prohibition will take effect on parts of Oliver Mountain, effective July 1, 2016, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announced yesterday, June 29.
The prohibition is expected to help protect sensitive grassland ecosystems as well as at-risk plant and animal species.
The use of all terrain vehicles, motorbikes and other off-road vehicles will be restricted from operating on parts of the mountain.
A 29-hectare recreation site is also proposed for the mountain, allowing motocross use only on designated recreational trails.
The recreation site has been proposed as a result of discussions with a public advisory committee and the Osoyoos Indian Band.
Members of the public can email comments about the recreation site proposal to Recreation Sites and Trails B.C., until July 7 at: Ian.McLellan@gov.bc.ca
More details about the recreation site proposal can be found on the ministry's Oliver Mountain web page.
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