Resource Road Updates: Southern and Northern Interior

As noted in our previous posts[1], standardized resource road channels are coming into use in various areas of BC at staggered times.

The latest update from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations notes that the next area to undergo this change is a large portion of the Southern Interior Forest Region, including Quesnel, Thompson Rivers, Cascades, Okanagan Shuswap and Chilliwack.[2] The date scheduled for this change is May 4th, 2015.

As of June 1, 2015 portions of the Northern Interior Areas will also make the move to RR. Specifically, Prince George, Robson Valley, Mackenzie, Stuart Nechako (Vanderhoof and Fort St. James), Nadina (Burns Lake and Houston) and Skeena Stikine Forest Districts.

A rough idea of the included area can be determined by use of this map from 2011:

Prior to May 4th and June 1st respectively, radio users in the above areas must have pre-programmed the new 40 RR channels into radios. As previously mentioned, compliance with this requirement may require a newer narrow band radio to accommodate the channels.

In an effort to promote a smooth transition, it is advised that resource road users become familiar with the new signs.  Information regarding the content and interpretation of these new signs can be found here:

Walco will continue to endeavor to provide updates as they occur.



Resource Road Update: Implementation Dates

Further to our previous post, an update has been released by Industry Canada regarding dates of implementation for the Resource Roads in BC.

Implementation Dates:

A new release was made yesterday with respect to the start dates for 100 Mile House, Cariboo-Chilcotin, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson Forest Districts:[1]

• 100 Mile House Forest District – Saturday, May 31st, 2014

• Cariboo-Chilcotin Forest District – Monday, June 16th, 2014

• Fort St John Forest District – Monday, June 16th, 2014

• Fort Nelson Forest District – Monday, June 16th, 2014

Location of Channels:

Maps can be found here, to locate which channels are in use in which location.

License Amendments:

It should be noted that an ‘RR Appendix’ is required for each mobile license. Each license holder must obtain said RR Appendix through emailing Industry Canada to obtain a quote. Simply provide company name and license number to the local Industry Canada office. [2]

We will endeavor to provide continuing updates as the Resource Roads project progresses. If you have any questions or require compliant equipment, we would be happy to assist you in the transition.