Mount Work Regional Park Management Plan

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The Capital Regional District (CRD) is developing a management plan to guide management, use and development at Mount Work over the next 15 years. Initial public engagement occurred in 2020 before the management plan was drafted. Input was used to inform the development of the draft management plan. Now, a second round of engagement is being undertaken to gauge public support for the management plan as drafted. Input from this second round of engagement will influence how the plan is finalized before it goes to the CRD Board for approval.

Here's how to learn more and share your input:

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is developing a management plan to guide management, use and development at Mount Work over the next 15 years. Initial public engagement occurred in 2020 before the management plan was drafted. Input was used to inform the development of the draft management plan. Now, a second round of engagement is being undertaken to gauge public support for the management plan as drafted. Input from this second round of engagement will influence how the plan is finalized before it goes to the CRD Board for approval.

Here's how to learn more and share your input:

  • Proposed Vision

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    "The delicate balance between conservation and recreation is well maintained, with a mix of areas providing engaging recreational activities and undeveloped areas maintained for nature. Park visitors appreciate both the physical and mental health benefits of recreating in nature and the need to steward the park lands for nature.

    There is significance in the past, the present and the future use of this area. The principles of friendship and respect are shown to First Nations by working cooperatively to ensure that First Nation peoples feel welcome on their traditional lands, Indigenous knowledge is incorporated into on-going park management, and park values are available to the next generations.

    Research, educational programs, and partnering opportunities are fostering a greater understanding of the natural, cultural and recreational environment of the park, a desire to help protect those different values, and on-going respect between park visitors."

    - Draft Management Plan section 4.1 (page 14)

  • Proposed Goals

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    • To protect park ecological values from negative impacts.
    • To support First Nations cultural practices within Mount Work and minimize disturbance to known First Nations cultural features and practices in the park.
    • To provide a diversity of high quality recreational opportunities related to trail and lake use that connect people to nature and accommodate visitors with different interests, ages and abilities.
    • To create management efficiencies by working with key government agencies with shared interests or boundaries.
    • To continue to expand Mount Work, through land donations and acquisitions to foster recreation and/or conservation opportunities.

    For more information and details, please refer to Draft Management Plan section 4.3 (pages 16-17)

  • Park Zoning

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    Zoning broadly addresses the level of protection needed in different areas based on natural and cultural values, sensitivities, and potential for negative impacts. It sets the general management direction based on the intent of each zone.

    • 65.4% of park is environmental protection zone
    • 34% of park is outdoor recreation zone
    • 0.6 % of park is park services zone

    For more information and details, please refer to the park zoning map and the Draft Management Plan section 4.4 (pages 17-20)


  • Proposed Trail Plan

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    The park trail plan defines the designated trail system for the next 15 years. Approximately 33km of the park’s trails are outside of the designated mountain biking area and over 50 km are within the designated mountain biking area. These are illustrated in Photos & Maps.

    The interests of different users groups and the natural value sensitivities were considered in developing this trail plan. Some multiple-use trails, some dual-use trails and some single-use trails are provided in the park.

    For more information and details, please refer to the Draft Management Plan section 6.1 (pages 28-32)


  • Development Concepts

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    • The park development concept is the overall plan for how the park will be developed. This includes what major infrastructure, significant management actions and/or what significant changes are expected within the park.
    • Mount work will be maintained largely in a natural state and park opportunities will be for day use only. Intensive recreational use will be restricted to the designated mountain biking area and along the north edge of Durrance lake.
    • The development concept section of the draft management plan includes actions with First Nations, on-going actions, whole park actions, and actions proposed in different areas of the park.

    For more information and details, please refer to the sub-areas map and the Draft Management Plan sections 6.2-6.4 (pages 32-39)

  • Management Issues

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    The draft management plan addresses a number of topics raised through the initial engagement. It explains the issues, outlines differing perspectives heard, and provides management direction on how the topics will be addressed over the next 15 years.

    The issues addressed in the draft management plan include:

    • Trails

    • Parking

    • Signage

    • Permitted Use & Competing Interests

    • Ecological Monitoring

    • Visitor Information/Visitor Experience

    • Infrastructure Sustainability

    For more information and details, please refer to Draft Management Plan section 5 (pages 20-27)

  • Proposed Implementation Strategy

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    • Approximately 40 management actions are proposed
    • Actions are identified as on-going, short term, medium term or longer term
    • On-going actions may be initiated at any time and may continue for a period of time or throughout the whole timeline of the plan
    • Short, medium and longer term actions are generally planned in 5 year blocks and are subject to resources being available

    The proposed actions are outlined in the Draft Management Plan section 7, Table 1 (pages 40-44).

Page last updated: 16 May 2022, 11:55 PM