Some Backcountry Park Areas Re-Open to Hunters

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B.C. Parks is re-opening public access to some backcountry park areas after much needed rainfall last weekend. This action follows a Ministry of Forest decision Sept. 8 to lift backcountry travel restrictions in some areas.

Cooler, wetter weather has helped to lower the fire risk on Vancouver Island and in the Squamish, Columbia, Arrow Boundary, Kootenay Lake and Rocky Mountain areas. Parks officials are opening backcountry areas on a park-by-park basis once the areas are confirmed as safe.

The backcountry park closure on Vancouver Island has been lifted, with all areas open to public access. The remaining backcountry areas are expected to be open by Sept. 10.

The removal of the backcountry closures to Crown lands in the above areas also means the general open hunting season is re-instated in these regions.

Hikers and hunters are reminded that the risk of fire in these areas remains high and visitors should exercise every precaution to avoid accidental fires. The campfire bans will remain in force.

Backcountry areas in the Kamloops, Okanagan Shuswap, Cascades and Chilliwack areas will remain closed to public access.

Up-to-date information on the status of individual parks can be found on the B.C. Parks Web site: http://www.bcparks.ca.