Resource Roads in British Columbia – Environmental challenges at the site level conference

  • Start Date: November 07, 2012
  • End Date: November 08, 2012
  • City: Cranbrook, BC
  • Venue: Rocky Mountain Prestige Inn

The conference summary is available here. (5.3 MB PDF file, 154 pages)

Workshop description

Within British Columbia, paved and unpaved road length increased by 82% between 1988 and 2005. In 2000, there were over 420,000 road-stream crossings in BC; over the subsequent five years, road-stream crossings increased by about 13,000 per year (BC Ministry of Environment 2007). Estimates of unpaved roads vary from 400,000 to 550,000 km across the province (BC Forest Practice Board 2005). Many more backcountry roads have been built since. The environmental effects of backcountry roads are diverse, and include impacts on aquatic and terrestrial wildlife and habitat, soils, and water. At this event we addressed both the site-level environmental impacts of backcountry roads and management responses.

Eighty people attended our 1.5 day workshop on November 7–8, 2012 at the Rocky Mountain Prestige Inn in Cranbrook, BC. Participants heard 18 speakers, and viewed 7 posters and displays. A networking / social session at the end of the first day was sponsored by DWB Consulting Services.

Our workshop sponsors

CBTLOGO_Web_L_colColumbia Basin Trust, a regional corporation created to deliver social, economic, and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin.



DWB logoDWB Consulting Services offers a full suite of value-added engineering, environmental and forestry services to clients across northern British Columbia.

We also thank…

Our presenters and the people who brought posters and displays travelled from various communities in British Columbia and the US Pacific Northwest. We are grateful for your willingness to share your expertise with us, and for the support of your agencies in sending you to our workshop.

We appreciate the willingness of Ray Warden, Ktunaxa Nation Council, and Hon. Wayne Stetski, Mayor of Cranbrook, for offering a welcome at the start of the workshop.

Special thanks go to our volunteers Julie Tyrrell, Leigh Anne Isaac, and Ryland Nelson for their help in keeping the event running smoothly.We are appreciative of the work of our event organizing committee, and others who contributed expertise as the workshop developed.

The members of the organizing committee were:

  • Patrick Daigle, CMI Director, Chair of organizing committee, and Master of Ceremonies.
  • Martin Carver, Aqua Environmental Associates
  • Malcolm Gray, Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
  • Peter Jordan, Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
  • Doug Martin, Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
  • Darcy Monchak, One Sparrow Images
  • Jackie Morris, Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology
  • Richard Thompson, Ministry of Environment
  • Del Williams, Forest Practices Board


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  • Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0
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