Ten charges have been laid against four people allegedly involved in a protest against rules banning snowmobiling in Terra Nova National Park, according to a Parks Canada news release Tuesday.
Six charges were laid under the Canada National Parks Act: three for damaging and destroying flora in a park and three for operating an over-snow vehicle in a park without a permit.
Four additional charges have been laid under the Criminal Code for obstructing a person making a legal seizure in a park.
All those charges relate to incidents Feb. 6 when officials were stopped when they attempted to seize snowmobiles they believed were being used illegally in the park.
The investigation continues for alleged offences on Feb.13.
Liberal MP Scott Simms rode as a passenger on that occasion. He told CBC News that he took part to take a stand for the residents of Charlottetown.
Park officials said charges may be laid where warranted in relation to the illegal cutting of a trail in Terra Nova National Park in late 2010.
"Parks Canada wishes to remind Canadians that illegal snowmobile and ATV use in a national park are serious offences that are addressed through the court system," said the release.
"Individuals and recreational groups are urged to respect the regulations governing the use of national parks."
Convictions may result in maximum fines of $25,000 and the forfeiture of vehicles or other equipment used in the commission of an offence.
On Feb. 14, Parks Canada said it would not make an exception for snowmobilers who want to use their machines in a limited corridor out of Terra Nova National Park.
Protesting snowmobilers openly defied a ban on snowmobiles in the park Feb. 13 when more than 50 machines drove west on an illegal trail from Charlottetown into the park and then returned home.
Charlottetown is surrounded by the central Newfoundland park. The protesters argue they should be allow to establish a corridor to drive snowmobiles through it.
Park Wardens monitored the protest, but didn't intervene.
Some people who live in Charlottetown said park regulations restrict them from traditional outdoor pursuits, such ice fishing and berry picking.