FMCBC Report on Recent Court Decision: No Public Right to Cross Private Land to Access Recreational Assets

In the recent decision, Douglas Lake Cattle Company v Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club (2021 BCCA 99), the BC Court of Appeal determined that the Douglas Lake Ranch could block the public from crossing its property to fish in the Crown owned Minnie and Stoney Lakes. The outcome is very disappointing not only for the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club, but for all who had hoped [...]

Court rules 2 B.C. lakes cannot be publicly accessed, siding with Canada’s largest cattle ranch

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/public-private-access-minnie-stoney-lake-%20ranch-appeal-court-merritt-1.5938741

Working Group to Identify and Support Public Access to Priority Areas on Private Forest Lands in Alberni-Clayoquot

March 2, 2021, Port Alberni, BC  ̶  Mosaic Forest Management and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, in partnership with the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, entered into an agreement to work together to prioritize and explore public access opportunities to areas within or adjacent to Mosaic-managed private forest lands in the Alberni-Clayoquot region. Through this agreement, a working [...]

Douglas Lake Cattle Company and the Right to Roam

As members of the Federation are aware, as an aspect of our role in advocating for backcountry access, we have been quietly working on improving the non-motorized public’s rights to traverse private lands to access public lands and resources. On December 7th, 2018, the BC Supreme Court sided with the rights of the public to access lakes in the Nicola region of the province—and the long-standing dispute between [...]

2021-03-07T13:40:34-08:00December 18th, 2018|Advocacy|0 Comments
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