Metro Vancouver is revamping the way it manages dogs in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve and is seeking public opinion on dogs in the reserve.
The questionnaire seeks comments about concerns related to dogs and the on-leash and off-leash designation of dogs in the reserve.
Metro Vancouver implemented a dog management strategy within the LSCR in the 2003 management plan.
Dogs are not permitted on the Seymour Valley Trailway, the Fisherman’s Trail (north of the Homestead Trail junction) and the Rice Lake Loop Trail.
However, dogs are permitted on trails below Rice Lake gate and the Homestead Trail, as long as they are under control.
According to Metro Vancouver, a dog under control means, it is within 10 metres of the owner at all times, and returns immediately when called. It also means the dog is not annoying, harassing, chasing, or attacking any other person or animal.
Staff has also worked closely with the Dog Patrol, a volunteer group involved in monitoring and public education of dog walking.
According to Metro Vancouver, as additional trails are established, opportunities for dog access will be evaluated. Visitor safety will remain the highest priority in managing dogs.
The present system provides 65 kilometers of trail access for dog walking and includes two designated off-leash trails.