Southern mountain caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) protection study 2017: chapter 8

Annex 1. History of application – authorizations issued after establishment of legislative instruments

Section 3 provides information about how the various legislative instruments may or may not constrain different activities.  In some cases there is discretion available to Statutory Decision Makers (SDM) in making decisions which may affect caribou habitat.  Too much discretion means that there is not enough certainty to predict that the legislation will be effective in preventing destruction of caribou habitat. Conversely, not enough discretion could mean that a SDM does not have the ability to consider caribou habitat when making a decision.

The tables below provide information on the number and area of authorizations that have been issued after the date the various legislative instruments were established. This provides general information only about the potential for activities to occur within the legislative instruments established within the LPUs of the Central Group.  “Authorizations” include tenure, which are broad areas within which activities may or may not be subsequently authorized (e.g. leases and licenses), as well as more site-specific permits to undertake works on the ground.

The history of authorizations made since the areas were designated reinforces the finding that one or multiple categories of activities could still be authorized within the various designated areas.

However, it is important to note that a given authorization or activity may not necessarily result in destruction of critical habitat.  Significantly more detailed analysis would be required to determine whether critical habitat was or could be destroyed as a result of these authorizations.

Table 1. Types of authorizations and tenures included in analysis.
Enabling Act Authorization type Tenure type
Forest and Range Practices Act Forest harvest authorizations License
Forest and Range Practices Act Forest roads Permit
Forest and Range Practices Act Forest roads Tenure
Mineral Tenure Act Coal titles Claim
Mineral Tenure Act Coal titles Lease
Mineral Tenure Act Coal titles License
Mineral Tenure Act Coal titles Cell title submission
Mineral Tenure Act Coal titles Permits (point data only)
Mineral Tenure Act Mineral titles Claim
Mineral Tenure Act Mineral titles Lease
Mineral Tenure Act Mineral titles License
Mineral Tenure Act Mineral titles Cell title submission
Mineral Tenure Act Mineral titles Permits (point data only)
Mineral Tenure Act Placer titles Claim
Mineral Tenure Act Placer titles Lease
Mineral Tenure Act Placer titles License
Mineral Tenure Act Placer titles Cell title submission
Mineral Tenure Act Placer titles Permits (point data only)
Mineral Tenure Act Rock/sand/gravel quarrying Permits (point data only)
Mineral Tenure Act Other Notice of Work Permits Permits (point data only)
Petroleum and Natural Gas Act Petroleum Lease
Petroleum and Natural Gas Act Petroleum License
Petroleum and Natural Gas Act Petroleum Permit
Petroleum and Natural Gas Act Petroleum Reservation
Oil and Gas Activities Act Oil & gas Permit
Land Act Non renewable energy production Crown grant
Land Act Non renewable energy production License
Land Act Non renewable energy production Permit
Land Act Non renewable energy production Reserve/notation
Land Act Non renewable energy production Lease
Land Act Non renewable energy production Right-of-way
Land Act Other land act authorizations Crown grant
Land Act Other land act authorizations License
Land Act Other land act authorizations Permit
Land Act Other land act authorizations Reserve/notation
Land Act Other land act authorizations Lease
Land Act Other land act authorizations Right-of-way
Land Act Commercial recreation Crown grant
Land Act Commercial recreation License
Land Act Commercial recreation Permit
Land Act Commercial recreation Reserve/notation
Land Act Commercial recreation Lease
Land Act Commercial recreation Right-of-way
Land Act Renewable energy Crown grant
Land Act Renewable energy License
Land Act Renewable energy Permit
Land Act Renewable energy Reserve/notation
Land Act Renewable energy Lease
Land Act Renewable energy Right-of-way
Table 2. Mining-related authorizations issued after legislative instruments (LI) were established. Bold text indicates that authorizations were issued for an activity that the instrument would have been expected to constrain, so potentially reflect the exercise of discretion. Regular text indicates that the LI would not be expected to constrain the related activity, so reflect the potential for other activities to be authorized when legislative instruments do not overlap.
Legislative Instrument (LI) Total Area (ha) of LI in LPU Mining - Coal (includes some point data)
Total # of Authorizations
Mining - Coal (includes some point data)
# of Overlaps with LI
Mining - Coal (includes some point data)
Total Area (ha) of Overlap with this LI
Mining - Coal (includes some point data)
% of LI this  Overlap Represents
Mining - Mineral (includes some point data)
Total # of Authorizations
Mining - Mineral (includes some point data)
# of Overlaps with LI
Mining - Mineral (includes some point data)
Total Area (ha) of Overlap with this LI
Mining - Mineral (includes some point data)
% of LI this  Overlap Represents
Mining - Placer (includes some point data)
Total # of Authorizations
Mining - Placer (includes some point data)
# of Overlaps with LI
Mining - Placer (includes some point data)
Total Area (ha) of Overlap with this LI
Mining - Placer (includes some point data)
% of LI this  Overlap Represents
Mining - Rock Quarrying/ Gravel-Sand Pit (point data only)
Total # of Authorizations
Mining - Other (point data only)
Total # of Authorizations
Ecological Reserve 1,114 - - - - 1 1 9 0.8% - - - - - -
Provincial Park 338,792 1 1 0 0.0% 42 42 1,374 0.4% 4 4 33 0.0% - 7
Protected Area 5,800 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA)- FRPA - No Harvest 29,363 12 12 5,802 19.8% 4 4 536 1.8% 1 1 115 0.4% - -
WHA - FRPA - Conditional Harvest 143,927 22 23 5,869 4.1% 53 53 6,426 4.5% 2 2 38 0.0% - -
WHA- OGAA -   No Harvest 29,264 12 12 5,802 19.8% 4 4 536 1.8% 1 1 115 0.4% - -
WHA- OGAA - Conditional Harvest 143,927 22 23 5,869 4.1% 53 53 6,426 4.5% 2 2 38 0.0% - -
Ungulate Winter Range (UWR) - FRPA - No Harvest 533,031 58 58 24,038 4.5% 16 16 1,583 0.3% - - - 0.0% 19 5
UWR - FRPA - Conditional Harvest 419,437 31 34 9,368 2.2% 174 201 31,513 7.5% 2 2 38 0.0% - 1
UWR- OGAA - No Harvest 354,631 58 58 24,038 6.8% 16 16 1,583 0.4% - - - - 18 5
UWR - OGAA - Conditional Harvest 419,437 31 34 9,368 2.2% 174 201 31,513 7.5% 2 2 38 0.0% - 1
Old Growth Management Area - Land Act / FRPA 190,924 60 66 11,936 6.3% 134 156 10,203 5.3% 2 2 35 0.0% 2 -
Old Growth Management Area - OGAA 64,945 - - - - 4 4 47 0.1% - - - - - -
Resource Review Area 627,794 21 21 8,760 1.4% 36 36 6,174 1.0% 9 9 257 0.0% 2 -
Section 15 Land Act Reserve 25 2 2 9 36.6% - - - - - - - - - -
Section 16 Land Act Reserve 29,314 9 10 1,382 4.7% 18 25 570 1.9% 2 4 62 0.2% 2 -
Section 17 Land Act Reserve 489,435 16 16 3,223 0.7% 28 31 8,000 1.6% 3 6 24 0.0% 4 5
Coal Land Reserve 602,627 - - - - 16 16 2,620 0.4% 2 2 1 0.0% 11 -
No Registration Reserve - Mineral 499,115 44 45 14,755 3.0% 14 14 91 0.0% 28 30 117 0.0% 4 -
No Registration Reserve - Placer 444,960 16 16 8,264 1.9% 17 17 117 0.0% 27 29 117 0.0% 8 -

Narraway/ Pine River/ Quintette LPUs combined total area (ha): 2,975,871

Table 3. Forest Harvesting and Oil & Gas-related authorizations issued after legislative instruments (LI) were established. Bold text indicates that authorizations were issued for an activity that the instrument would have been expected to constrain, so potentially reflect the exercise of discretion. Regular text indicates that the LI would not be expected to constrain the related activity, so reflect the potential for other activities to be authorized when legislative instruments do not overlap.
Land Management Designation (LI) Total Area (ha) of LI in LPU Forest Harvesting
Total # of Authorizations
Forest Harvesting
# of Overlaps with LI
Forest Harvesting
Total Area (ha) of Overlap with this LI
Forest Harvesting
% of LI this  Overlap Represents
Oil & Gas
Total # of Authorizations
Oil & Gas
# of Overlaps with LI
Oil & Gas
Total Area (ha) of Overlap with this LI
Oil & Gas
% of LI this  Overlap Represents
Ecological Reserve 1,114 10 10 292 26.2% 1 1 126 11.3%
Class A Provincial Park 338,792 10 10 103 0.0% 46 46 10,229 3.0%
Protected Area 5,800 - - - - 6 6 314 5.4%
Wildlife Habitat Area - FRPA - No Harvest 29,363 6 6 351 1.2% 27 27 2,307 7.9%
Wildlife Habitat Area - FRPA - Conditional Harvest 143,927 16 16 1,206 0.8% 29 32 5,612 3.9%
Wildlife Habitat Area - OGAA - No Harvest 29,264 6 6 351 1.2% 21 21 2,252 7.7%
Wildlife Habitat Area - OGAA - Conditional Harvest 143,927 16 16 1,206 0.8% 29 32 5,612 3.9%
Ungulate Winter Range - FRPA - No Harvest 533,031 206 209 16,537 3.1% 3,126 3,136 164,553 30.9%
Ungulate Winter Range - FRPA - Conditional Harvest 419,437 21 23 1,988 0.5% 53 61 11,840 2.8%
Ungulate Winter Range - OGAA - No Harvest 354,631 193 196 15,261 4.3% 3,126 3,136 164,553 46.4%
Ungulate Winter Range - OGAA - Conditional Harvest 419,437 21 23 1,988 0.5% 53 61 11,840 2.8%
Old Growth Management Area - Land Act / FRPA 190,924 61 67 1,423 0.7% 579 610 15,602 8.2%
Old Growth Management Area - OGAA 64,945 1 1 3 0.0% - - - -
Resource Review Area 627,794 48 48 2,550 0.4% 449 449 1,639 0.3%
Section 15 Land Act Reserve 25 - - - - 9 9 21 84.2%
Section 16 Land Act Reserve 29,314 123 147 2,740 9.3% 322 358 17,362 59.2%
Section 17 Land Act Reserve 489,435 30 35 307 0.1% 93 190 525 0.1%
Coal Land Reserve 602,627 21 21 1,476 0.2% 106 106 6,029 1.0%
No Registration Reserve - Mineral 499,115 135 137 4,136 0.8% 149 149 839 0.2%
No Registration Reserve - Placer 444,960 162 163 5,279 1.2% 134 134 823 0.2%

Narraway/ Pine River/ Quintette LPUs combined total area total area (ha): 2,975,871

Table 4. Commercial recreation, renewable energy, and other Land Act authorizations issued after legislative instruments (LI) were established. Bold text indicates that authorizations were issued for an activity that the instrument would have been expected to constrain, so potentially reflect the exercise of discretion. Regular text indicates that the LI would not be expected to constrain the related activity, so reflect the potential for other activities to be authorized when legislative instruments do not overlap.
Legislative Instrument (LI) Type Total Area (ha) of LI in LPU Recreation (Authorizations Issued After the Legislative Instrument was Established)
Total # of Authorizations
Recreation
(Authorizations Issued After the Legislative Instrument was Established)
# of Overlaps with LI
Recreation
(Authorizations Issued After the Legislative Instrument was Established)
Total Area (ha) of Overlap with this LI
Recreation
(Authorizations Issued After the Legislative Instrument was Established)
% of LI this  Overlap Represents
Renewable Energy (Authorizations Issued After the Legislative Instrument was Established)
Total # of Authorizations
Renewable Energy
(Authorizations Issued After the Legislative Instrument was Established)
# of Overlaps with LI
Renewable Energy (Authorizations Issued After the Legislative Instrument was Established)
Total Area (ha) of Overlap with this LI
Renewable Energy
(Authorizations Issued After the Legislative Instrument was Established)
% of LI this  Overlap Represents
Other (Authorizations Issued After the Legislative Instrument was Established)
Total # of Authorizations
Other
(Authorizations Issued After the Legislative Instrument was Established)
# of Overlaps with LI
Other
(Authorizations Issued After the Legislative Instrument was Established)
Total Area (ha) of Overlap with this LI
Other
(Authorizations Issued After the Legislative Instrument was Established)
% of LI this  Overlap Represents
Ecological Reserve    1,114 - - - - - -  - - - - - -
No Registration Reserve - Coal 602,627 5 5 581 0.1% 4 6 2,544 0.4% 26 29   14,040 2.3%
No Registration Reserve - Mineral 499,115 7 8 106,668 21.4% 23 27 17,263 3.5% 42 46 4,719 0.9%
No Registration Reserve - Placer 444,960 8 9 136,960 30.8% 11 13 6,246 1.4% 38 42 3,154 0.7%
Old Growth Management Area - FRPA 190,924 7 14 3,376 1.8% 48 65 11,962 6.3% 78 113 4,008 2.1%
Old Growth Management Area - OGAA 64,945 - - - - 3 4 1,443 2.2% 2 2 25 0.0%
Protected Area    5,800 1 1 288 5.0% - -  - - - - - -
Provincial Park 338,792 2 3 8 0.0% - -  - - 8 8  7 0.0%
Registration Reserve Area 627,794 7 7 1,664 0.3% 24 24 18,551 3.0% 14 14 7,536 1.2%
Section 15 Reserve 25 - - - - - -  - - 3 3  1 4.0%
Section 16 Reserve 29,314 2 5 1,645 5.6% 6 8 3,732 12.7% 27 37 3,440 11.7%
Section 17 Reserve 489,435 2 2 131,016 26.8% 3 3 318 0.1% 10 26 978 0.2%
Ungulate Winter Range - FRPA - No Harvest 533,031 2 2 2 0.0% 36 42 28,849 5.4% 251 253 2,633 0.5%
Ungulate Winter Range - FRPA - Conditional Harvest 419,437 9 35 162,035 38.6% 27 32 24,754 5.9% 9 13 1,245 0.3%
Ungulate Winter Range - OGAA - No Harvest 354,631 2 2 2 0.0% 36 42 28,849 8.1% 251 253 2,633 0.7%
Ungulate Winter Range - OGAA - Conditional Harvest 419,437 9 35 162,035 38.6% 27 32 24,754 5.9% 9 13 1,245 0.3%
Wildlife Habitat Area - FRPA - No Harvest 29,363 3 3 270 0.9% 3 3 814 2.8% 9 9 20 0.1%
Wildlife Habitat Area - FRPA - Conditional Harvest 143,927 5 7 3,223 2.2% 18 18 15,421 10.7% 10 15 1,660 1.2%
Wildlife Habitat Area - OGAA - No Harvest 29,264 3 3 270 0.9% 3 3 814 2.8% 9 9 20 0.1%
Wildlife Habitat Area - OGAA - Conditional Harvest 143,927 5 7 3,223 2.2% 18 18 15,421 10.7% 10 15 1,660 1.2%

Narraway/ Pine River/ Quintette LPUs combined total area total area (ha): 2,975,871

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