Few places on earth match the significance of the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area (M-KMA) in terms of raw beauty, isolation, biodiversity, wildlife, wilderness, natural resources and spiritual and cultural value. The Muskwa-Kechika (musk-quah-ke-chee-kah) Management Area is an innovative management system, named for two major rivers that flow through the area, that was developed through a public planning process. The names of the Muskwa and Kechika rivers are of First Nations origin.
The M-KMA, located in north-eastern British Columbia (BC), was created as a world class management model, in legislation by the BC Government in 1998, following its conception during the BC Land and Resource Management Planning (LRMP) process.
Through the dedication and hard work of land and resource planning table members in Fort Nelson and Fort St. John, and later in Mackenzie, consensus was reached on land use in the Muskwa-Kechika area. They agreed that the area was unique, particularly due to its considerable size, largely unroaded nature and its cultural, ecological and geographical diversity and that it should be managed as a special management area.
The original size of the M-KMA was 4.45 million hectares however in 2000 with the approval of the Mackenzie LRMP over 1.9 million hectares were added to the M-KMA creating a total area of 6.4 million hectares.
The Muskwa-Kechika Management Area Act and the Muskwa-Kechika Management Plan Regulation, adopted through Order-in-Council, were created to provide guidance to managers in government agencies and non-government organisations, communities, and industry groups while conducting their activities in the M-KMA. As well, a public advisory board was appointed by the Premier to provide advice to government on planning and land use management, and a trust fund was established to fund projects.