Central and North Coast EBM Implementation - Biodiversity, Mining and Tourism Areas
As part of the North and Central Coast Land Use Decision of February 2006, the Premier announced the creation of 3 land use zones; Protected Areas, Biodiversity, Mining and Tourism Areas (BMTAs) and Ecosystem-based Management Operating Areas.
On January 9, 2009 the government legally established BMTAs after consulting extensively with First Nations and stakeholders.
Approximately 300,000ha of Crown land are designated in 21 BMTAs which are distributed between the North and Central Coast plan areas. It is important to note that BMTAs only apply to public land within BMTA boundaries. All private land and Indian Reserves are excluded from BMTAs.
BMTAs contribute to the conservation of species, ecosystems and seral stage diversity by being located adjacent to existing Conservancies and other types of Protected Areas and by limiting the land uses within the zones. Commercial timber harvesting and commercial hydro-electric power projects are prohibited within BMTAs. Other resource activities and land uses will continue, subject to existing regulations and legislation.
- Legally Established Order [pdf]
- Overview Map of BMTAs in Central Coast Plan Area [pdf]
- Overview Map of BMTAs in North Coast Plan Area [pdf]
- Map data files are available in Land and Resource Data Warehouse
Central Coast BMTAs [PDFs]
- Adeane Point
- Ape Lake
- Barer Creek
- Bentinck Estuaries
- Fish Egg
- Inland Cape Caution
- Kunsoot River
- Nekite Estuary West
- Shelter Bay
- South Bentinck
North Coast BMTAs [PDFs]
- Alwyn Lake
- Ksi Galsgiist
- Rachael Islands
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