Cranbrook West Recreation Management Strategy
The Cranbrook West Recreation Management Strategy (RMS) plan area totals 846,400 ha and comprises the west side of the former Cranbrook Forest District. The RMS includes only non-park provincial Crown land; no Federal lands, private lands or protected areas are considered in the plan. It encompasses 24 Landscape Units (LU), the municipalities of Cranbrook and Kimberley, the Canadian portion of the Koocanoosa Reservoir, sections of the Kootenay, Bull, Moyie and St. Mary’s Rivers and their tributaries east of the Purcells.
The region contains a varied landscape of mountains and broad valley bottoms that provides for a mix of four-season recreation opportunities. As well, the area supports world-renowned populations of fish and wildlife and diverse, contiguous natural habitats. High scenic, conservation and recreation values of the land and water within the plan area contribute to the quality of life for residents and are spurring a current dramatic growth in tourism-related industries. This growth offers significant economic benefits for the local established recreation service sector as well as opportunities for new business. With the diversity of recreation opportunities, there is also an increasing demand on the land base from both commercial and public recreation users; as a result, there are conflicts between and among them. Impacts on other resource values are also becoming a concern. To help address impacts and conflicts, protect resource values, provide increased certainty for the commercial recreation sector, and to complete recreation planning in the Cranbrook Landscape Units, this area was given priority for strategic recreation access planning. Industrial access is not considered in the plan.
- Commercial Recreation Tenures Working Group
- Outstanding Items Working Group
- Implementation Working Group
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