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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace-Liard Conservation Officers are reminding users of ATV trail systems to use designated motor vehicles on trails.

There were reports of a group of eleven off-road, jeep-style vehicles that caused extensive damage to the trails at the Stewart Lake Recreation Area on Sunday.

The Conservation Officer Service says illegal vehicles causing damage to the trail system could result in a $575 fine, and it ruins the trails for users.

According to the B.C. government website, the definition of off-road vehicles in the Off-Road Vehicle Act has been expanded.

ORV laws now apply to a wide range of vehicles operated on Crown land both for work and leisure. This includes snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-road motorcycles, side-by-sides, and Jeeps, trucks, SUV’s and other small on-highway motor vehicles.

Together, the Northland Trailblazers Snowmobile Club and Moose ATV Club maintain the Stewart Lake Motorized Trail system and its associated facilities.

A representative with the Conservation Officers Service could not be reached for comment.

There are over 150 Natural Resource Officers that work in British Columbia to ensure compliance with legislation.

Unauthorized use of Crown Land can be reported to the province by filling out a violation report form, or by calling the natural resource violation reporting line at 1-877-952-7277.

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