Sikanni Chief River Ecological Reserve Purpose Statement 2006
SIKANNI CHIEF RIVER ECOLOGICAL RESERVE Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan
The primary role of the Sikanni Chief River Ecological Reserve is to conserve the Northern-most occurrence of Englemann Spruce in the Rocky Mountains. The ecological reserve contains pristine flora and fauna typical of the alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems representative of the northern rocky mountains. Alpine wildlife species that exist within the ecological reserve include stone’s sheep, mountain goat, grizzly bear, golden eagles and ptarmigan. The ecological reserve is located at the headwaters of the Sikanni Chief River, 190 km NW of Hudson’s Hope.
Known Management Issues
Hunting may occur in the ecological reserve, as it is not signed at its boundaries or well known amongst the public
Ecosection: The ecological reserve represents a portion of the Eastern Muskwa Ranges ecosection, which is 40% protected across the province. The ecological reserve contains 0.3% of the provincial total.
The ecological reserve provides representation of the Alpine Tundra subzone and the Spruce-Willow-Birch moist cold (SWB mk) variant. 22.5% of the Alpine Tundra subzone is protected across the province, of which .05% is contributed by Sikanni Chief River Ecological Reserve. The SWBmk variant is also 22.5% protected across the province, of which the ecological reserve contributes 0.04%.
Northern-most occurrence of Englemann Spruce in the Rocky Mountains
Nutrient cycling in subalpine ecosystems, due to presence of slopes of all aspects in the ecological reserve.
Recruit volunteer ecological reserve warden to monitor E.R. and post signs.
Representation Special Feature
Cultural Heritage: Unknown. This ecological reserve lies within the area traditionally used by the First Nations of Treaty 8
Collaborative Management Arrangements::This ecological reserve will, once the agreement is signed, be subject to the Memorandum of Agreement respecting the management of provincial parks between the Government of BC and the Treaty 8 First Nations.
Date of establishment::May 29, 1973
2401 hectares May 29, 1973