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McLaughlin Natural Reserve

VISITOR INFORMATION - RESERVE RULES

 

  1. FOR EACH VISIT:
    After obtaining permission from the Resident Directors to use the Reserve, inform the Directors of each visit to the Reserve and provide the name and status of each person accompanying you. Each person must complete a waiver, or if under 18 that waiver must be completed by a legal guardian prior to arrival at the Reserve (see Waiver policy).
  2. STUDY SITES:
    Provide the Resident Directors with location information of all areas on the Reserve that you will use in your studies or activities.
  3. GUESTS or OTHER VISITORS:
    Reserve staff must be informed, PRIOR to their arrival, of all people you wish to bring to the Reserve/have visit you at the Reserve. Each person must complete a waiver, or if under 18 that waiver must be completed by a legal guardian prior to arrival at the Reserve (see Waiver policy).
  4. NO SMOKING on the reserve except for the parking lot area adjacent to the Field Station.

  5. CAMPING and CAMPFIRES:
    1. Camping in any location is by permission only. However, if you are using the field station but prefer sleeping in your tent instead of in a room, feel free to set up your tent next to the field station; this does not require prior approval.
    2. No campfires or campstoves allowed without permission from the Resident Directors. This is a high fire-hazard area.
  6. PETS:
    Pets are not allowed anywhere on the Reserve without permission from the Resident Directors.
  7. DRIVING ON THE RESERVE:
    Most roads on the Reserve are unpaved. Vehicles must stay on established roads and you may drive no faster than 20 mph on unpaved roads. Higher clearance vehicles are recommended (eg meeting or exceeding that of a Subaru Outback wagon). Ask resident staff about drivability of roads by lower-clearance vehicles. Seasonally, roads may close due to weather or wash-outs. Off-road vehicle travel is prohibited.
  8. GATES:
    1. The gate combination changes regularly. Please make sure you ask for the current gate combo when you notify the McLaughlin Directors of your next visit.
    2. Close all gates behind you, even if you found a gate open. Never leave open any gate that you opened, even if there is another person a few minutes behind you who will need to drive through. The only exception:  the main gate to the field station is kept open between the hours of 6:30 am -4 pm on weekdays (when Reserve staff keep it open): if you find it open outside of those hours, please close it.
    3. For all gates that have more than one lock on them, ensure that you do not lock out any other locks on the chain.
  9. USING THE FIELD STATION:
    Read and abide by all regulations on field station use that are posted in the field station (in bathrooms, on kitchen fridges, in bedrooms), can be found at this field station use and policies link, or are otherwise communicated to you by Reserve staff.
  10. IN THE FIELD:
    Do not disturb any flags or other markers in the field. Be careful of potential research plots obscured by recently sprouted vegetation.
  11. OFF LIMITS AREAS:
    Do not enter the Mine Pit area, Davis Creek Reservoir, Tailings pond, buildings/structures other than the field station, or any areas signed as requiring special permission for access. Access to these areas is only permitted through special approval: if you need access to any of these areas for your work, discuss your needs with the Reserve directors. If the Reserve directors agree that you need access to these areas in order to do your work, they will obtained permission from Barrick for you to access these areas.