According to media outlets such as the Vancouver Sun, in 2009, British Columbia was considered to be 30 years behind the times and the last jurisdiction in North America to enact ATV legislation. What about the Yukon?
ATV associations in Colorado and BC were the driving force behind new legislation requiring registration and licensing of Off Road Vehicles.
In Colorado, ATV dealerships work in conjunction with associations to improve trails and repair damage to the environment caused by irresponsible operators.
Education, information and voluntary compliance, by themselves, has not worked to prevent environmental damage in any jurisdiction in North America with respect to use of ATV’s.
A report entitled Off – Road Vehicle Use and Issues was commissioned by the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board and completed in Nov. 2000. Five approaches were presented. The current Yukon approach, the option of doing nothing, was deemed to be shortsighted and irresponsible. This has been the approach taken for the last 10 years in the Yukon.
2009 Yukon Fish and Wildlife: A 20:20 Vision
In the 3-month period from November 2008 to January 2009, the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board engaged in a long-range strategic exercise asking Yukoners to comment and respond as to a vision for fish and wildlife management for the year 2020. The following information is from the final report dated April 15, 2009:
QUESTION 14: SHOULD THERE BE CONTROLLED ACCESS ROUTES AND/OR ELEVATION RESTRICTIONS FOR ATV’S TO PROTECT HABITAT?
163 people answered this question and gave 113 comments. 88% of respondents said there should be some restrictions or controlled access for ATV use in order to protect habitat.