Resource roads are built for industrial purposes and most often with an intended lifespan. The “construct/ maintain/ deactivate” road-cycle is important as it aims to provide for resource extraction during the term of the tenure, and then to reduce the overall user safety and forest resource protection liability to government and eliminate maintenance costs post-resource extraction through road deactivation. British Columbians also rely heavily upon these resource roads for rural economic development, commercial and recreational backcountry activities. While deactivating roads is sometimes necessary to ensure user safety and forest resource protection, public pressure weighs heavy upon land managers to make complex risk and resource-based decisions to adequately manage this complex resource road infrastructure within the bounds of the legal framework.
Whether you use resource roads to get to your recreation destination or use these roads as an integral part of your recreation activity, this webinar is relevant for you. This is an opportunity to learn more about public use of resource roads, different resource road types, tenuring, maintenance obligations, road user information, and the process for resource road closure/deactivation. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.
Lyle Knight, Manager, Legislation and Policy, is a senior manager for Engineering Branch within the Rural Opportunities, Tenures and Engineering Division of FLNRORD. Lyle has been with the Ministry since 1991 and the “roads program” since around 1995 in the Lillooet and Okanagan Shuswap (Vernon) Resource District Offices and with Engineering Branch.
Wayne Hagel, RFT is a senior resource road policy analysis with FLNRORD in Engineering Branch. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Wayne has held many resource road related positions in District and Regional offices around the province and currently resides in Vernon, BC.