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TERRITORY PARKS AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ACT - SECT 17

Mining, works, forestry, etc. in parks, reserves and wilderness zones

    (1)     Subject to subsection (2), this section has effect notwithstanding any law of the Territory.

    (2)     Nothing in this section prevents the carrying out on a park, reserve or wilderness zone of the exploration for, or recovery or processing of, minerals under and in accordance with the conditions of a mining interest or the carrying out of an activity permitted, or the exercising of a right or power conferred or continued in force, by or under the Mineral Titles Act , Petroleum Act or section 18A of the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act in relation to such a mining interest.

    (3)     Subject to subsection (4):

        (a)     no excavation shall be carried on;

        (b)     no building or other structure shall be erected;

        (c)     no works shall be carried out; and

        (d)     no timber shall be felled or taken,

in a park or reserve except in accordance with the plan of management relating to that park or reserve.

    (4)     At a time when no plan of management is in force in relation to a park or reserve, subsection (3) does not prevent the Commission from preserving or protecting the park or reserve, protecting or conserving wildlife in the park or reserve, controlling authorized scientific research or protecting persons or property in the park or reserve.

    (5)     At a time when no plan of management is in force in relation to a park or reserve, subsection (3) does not prevent the Commission, with the approval of the Administrator, from performing its functions in that park or reserve for the purpose of operating that park or reserve for the purpose for which it was reserved while a plan of management is being prepared.

    (6)     A wilderness zone shall be maintained in its natural state and shall be used only for purposes specified in the plan of management relating to the wilderness zone, but this subsection does not prohibit anything done by the Commission in accordance with subsection (7).

    (7)     Notwithstanding subsection (4):

        (a)     no excavation shall be carried on;

        (b)     no building or other structure shall be erected;

        (c)     no works shall be carried out;

        (d)     no timber shall be felled or taken;

        (e)     no tracks shall be established; and

        (f)     no vehicle, aircraft or vessel shall be used,

in a wilderness zone except by the Commission, in accordance with the plan of management relating to the park or reserve, for purposes essential to the management of the park or reserve.



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