The use of vehicles, including heavy equipment, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, can have a profound negative impact on both beaches and dunes.
Dunes are fragile systems and trampling by beach goers destroys the vegetation and results in deterioration of the dune. Destruction of vegetation makes the dunes unstable, increases wind erosion and causes the coastline to recede.
Since the dunes in Huron-Kinloss are a finite resource, it is critical to manage people's interaction with these features so that negative impacts are kept to a minimum. All other options to motorized vehicles on the beach should be explored due to the sensitive beach dune ecosystem.
The Regulate Motorized Vehicle on the Beach By-Law states that the use of motorized vehicles is not permitted on the beach.
The following motorized vehicles are allowed on the beach:
a) Municipally owned and operated ATV.
b) All other municipally owned and operated equipment.
c) Any other operator contracted and authorized by the Director of Facilities & Recreation.
d) Any other Contractor with a permit authorized by the Township of Huron-Kinloss.