Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: PacRimNPR-0222

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. PacRimNPR-0222 is issued.

Purpose:
Activity affecting the species is incidental to the carrying out of the activity

Description:
The Parks Canada Agency (PCA) has proposed to construct and maintain a new multiuse trail within Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The proposed trail, referred to as Pacific Traverse Trail, will provide a high-quality, environmentally friendly experience to a wide cross section of visitors; provide cyclists and hikers with a safer way of accessing park sites; and become a major, new tourist attraction in the region. The final, permanent footprint size includes the 3.2 m wide trail with 1m shoulder on each side. It requires approximately 85,000 m2 of asphalt paving and 150,000 m2 of clearing. Two parking lots will require about 6,000 m2 of paving and 10,000 m2 of clearing. Approximately 10,000 m2 additional clearing will be required for temporary access roads/passing areas during construction. Trail construction may inadvertently kill or harm individuals of a species at risk. A Detailed Impact Assessment was completed and determined that with the current trail routing, design, and mitigations proposed that there would be no residual adverse impacts as a result of this project.

Start Date: 2017-02-09   End Date: 2022-03-31

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
An authorization under the Species at Risk Act is considered warranted for Dromedary Jumping Slug, which may suffer incidental harm, even with mitigations in place. Tree felling and grubbing/construction phases of this project may kill or harm individuals. Experienced personnel will conduct a salvage operation for Dromedary jumping slug in advance of construction work. The salvage operation is intended to safeguard Dromedary Jumping Slug individuals encountered within the project footprint from harm. Any individuals found within the trail footprint will be moved to suitable adjacent habitat. The relatively small portion of this species' known range (less than 0.006%) potentially impacted by the Pacific Traverse Trail project and the mitigations in place are considered sufficient to ensure the survival and recovery of the species is not jeopardized. All pertinent mitigations for species at risk outlined in the Detailed Impact Assessment for the Pacific Traverse Trail will be followed during the Dromedary Jumping Slug salvage operation.

Contact Person(s)
Mr. Brian Reader
Species at Risk Ecologist
Parks Canada
711 Broughton Street, 2nd Floor
Victoria, BC
V8W 1E2
Tel: 250-363-8560
Fax: 250-363-8552
Brian.Reader@pc.gc.ca