Tweedsmuir North Provincial Park and Protected Area
|Tweedsmuir North Provincial Park|
|Location||British Columbia, Canada|
|Nearest city||Prince George|
|Governing body||BC Parks|
Tweedsmuir North Provincial Park and Protected Area is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, which along with Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park and Entiako Provincial Park and Protected Area were once part of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, then B. C.'s largest park, 9,810 square kilometres (3,790 sq mi) located in the Coast Range. Tweedsmuir gained park status in 1938 and Wells Gray Provincial Park in 1939, the earliest large parks established in the provincial parks system. Tweedsmuir North Provincial Park and Protected Area was re-designated a park and protected area as the latter classification allows resource extraction and other economic activities not permitted in full park designations. Entiako Provincial Park and Protected Area is located on the south flank of the Nechako River watercourse.
The park is considered to be an almost pristine mountain wilderness. There are many kinds of large mammals in the park including grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, mountain lions, wolverines, boreal woodland caribou, moose, mountain goats and hoary marmots.:30
The Tweedsmuir-Entiako woodland caribou herd numbered about 500 caribou in 1993.:1 Their range extends to throughout northern Tweedsmuir Park in alpine and forested habitat in the summer and to the the mouth of the Entiako River where the migrates in late winter. By the early 1990s the herd was already declining. Research was undertaken to manage the herd as logging activities were proposed in the area near their winter range.:iii In southern and central B.C. most of the caribou herds "had significantly declined in numbers and in range." By 1985 Stevenson and Hatler had designated the maintenance of Tweedsmuir-Entiako caribou winter range in the land management report as high priority.:30
- Provincial Parks, Canadian Encyclopedia
- Eder, Tamara; Kennedy, Gregory (2011). Mammals of Canada. Edmonton, Alberta: Lone Pine. p. 437. ISBN 9781551058573.
- Cichowski, Deborah B.; Banner, Allen (1993), Management Strategy and Options for the Tweedsmuir-Entiako Caribou Winter Range Land Management (PDF) (83), Province of British Columbia Ministry of Forests, ISBN 07726-1890-9
- Stevenson, S.K.; Hatler, D.F. (1985), Woodland caribou and their habitat in southern and central British Columbia, Land Management Report 1 (23), Victoria, B.C.: B.C. Ministry of Forests, p. 354
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