Challenges to Ongoing Access to Riding Areas

We’re fortunate to live in beautiful British Columbia as we have access to some of the best backcountry riding anywhere. Unfortunately our continued access isn’t assured, more people are enjoying a myriad of outdoor recreational pursuits placing increased pressure on the environment we all treasure.

Quad Riders ATV Association of BC on Caribou Recovery

The Quad Riders ATV Association of BC (ATVBC) supports requests by local governments and key stakeholders in the Peace River Regional District for planned consultation sessions with local and regional government, industry, recreationalists and other stakeholders in the region that may be impacted by the Caribou Recovery Program.

ATVBC also supports the 2018 UBCM Resolution brought forth by the Peace River Regional District and endorsed by UBCM, requesting that the provincial government consider the impact of actions proposed to assist with the recovery of the Southern Mountain Caribou.

ATVBC continues to be an advocate for environmentally responsible riding and is working collaboratively with other trail user groups to protect trail access. ATVBC supports reasonable, evidence based caribou recovery efforts developed through consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

Caribou Recovery Timeline

ATVBC letter to Premier Horgan

Sign #Stop the Closure Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery Petition

Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery Petition – click to sign

Resources – Access closures due to caribou recovery programs

Related documents

What do you do when you see this? Report it!

The Joss Tsuius Mabel Mountain area was open to ATV activity but is now closed. Ride responsibly!

We all know this isn’t right, this trail in the alpine is in the now closed Joss-Tsuius-Mabel Mountain area (see below). Years ago the trail was a responsible trail, just wide enough for an ATV or pickup but over the years the trail has become a muddy disgrace.

ATV Club Members – Respectful Riders

As members of an ATV Club you’re likely not the cause of the problem, the vast majority of our club members understand the rules and respect others and the areas we ride. There are a number of things that you can do every time you ride to help keep riding areas open including:

  • don’t ride in closed areas
  • stay on the trail
  • respect other trail users and neighbours
  • be mindful that you are making noise, keep it to a minimum
  • ensure you’re not transporting noxious weeds from one area to another
  • stay clear of wildlife
  • ride safely and look out for others

Stay on the Trail or Stay Home!

One of the key principles of protecting our riding areas is to always stay on the trail. If there is a tree across the trail you cut it, you don’t ride around. If the puddle looks deep you either ride through it or turn around, you don’t ride around. If you’re out riding and you see people damaging the environment get a photo (if you can safely do so) so you can report the offender. ATV Clubs supported the implementation of license plates so we could have a way of identifying problem makers.

Hidden cameras

Conservation and forestry are employing more hidden cameras to catch idiots but the reality is we need to police ourselves or we’ll be shut out of more riding areas.