The Three Levels of Road De-Activation
May 29, 2002
There are currently three forms of deactivation for roads on Crown land.
- Permanent deactivation which means re-sloping of the road to the natural
ground line prior to harvesting and subsequent planting of trees. No access
is created and this is not very common.
- Semi-permanent deactivation is
where all the structures are removed (bridges, culverts etc.) and
cross-ditches, waterbars are put in. This may include pullback of fill
slopes on sections of road where the side slopes exceed 60%. This can
unfortunately narrow the road width considerably (ATV access only). However
this must be done in order to stabilize the fill slope and prevent the
potential for landslides.
- Temporary deactivation where culverts are
backed up with cross-ditches in the fall/winter. The road is usually active
on a yearly basis.
I was told by an employee of the Chilliwack Forest District that deactivated roads will be on a use at your own risk basis. But "if the road is under some type of gov't tenure agreement (ie.Road
Permit) or a special feature is getting damaged (hot springs), access may be
To me, I read this as saying that, unless specifically posted, a road is not off-limits to motorized vehicles if it is de-activated.
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