Impact

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RIPARIAN HABITAT
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SHORELINE
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GRASSLANDS
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Working in BC

Farmland Advantage began as a five-year research and development pilot project of the Windermere Farmers Institute and other partners, but has grown and expanded into new regions and new targeted areas across BC.

BC Regions

Our researchers and advisors have identified a number of regions across the Province to execute Farmland Advantage projects. There are many regions within BC that would benefit from the program, and we hope to expand the programs reach in the coming years.

Currently FLA has ongoing projects in the Kootenays, Thomson - Okanagan - Nicola, South Coast and Vancouver Island & Coast.

Click on a region to learn more.

BC Regions
Omenica Skeena Peace Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Thomson - Okanagan - Nicola Vancouver Island & Coast South Coast Kootenays

Omenica Skeena

No targeted projects are planned for this region at this time.

Peace

No targeted projects are planned for this region at this time.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

No targeted projects are planned for this region at this time.

Thomson - Okanagan - Nicola

In the grasslands of the South Okanagan, Farmland Advantage is working with ranchers and farmers on projects such as Species at Risk habitat protection, grazing management, rangeland enhancements, and the promotion of targeted plant growth to enhance soil health.

Projects have been identified in the following areas of the Okanagan:

  • Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

Vancouver Island & Coast

Farmland Advantage expanded to Vancouver Island in 2021, working with farmers in the Koksilah River Watershed. The program contracted participating farmers in the watershed to compensate them for participating in an irrigation scheduling regime to improve instream flow during the summer months, enhancing water quality and quantity for fish and wildlife populations.

Projects have been identified in the following areas of Vancouver Island:

  • Cowichan Valley Regional District

South Coast

Farmland Advantage continues working with farmers in the Lower Mainland, specifically the Bertrand Creek Watershed and in 2021 expanded work into the Little Campbell River. Farmland Advantage continues partnerships with municipalities and local organizations to undertake riparian restoration work along the creekbank on farm sites. Expected results include habitat restoration for species at risk and fish populations and improved water quality.

Projects have been identified in the following areas of the South Coast:

  • City of Surrey
  • Township of Langley
  • Katzie First Nation
  • Kwantlen First Nation
  • Metro Vancouver

Kootenays

Farmland Advantage will continue to work with farmers and ranchers in the Upper Columbia Valley to install fencing around sensitive riparian habitat and plant native species in riparian areas. Farmland Advantage is partnering with the Shuswap Indian Band on projects to conduct riparian restoration along creeks on farms and ranches within reserve lands. The restoration and conservation actions taken by farmers and ranchers will improve water quality, biodiversity and habitat for species at risk and fish populations.

Projects have been identified in the following areas of the Kootenays:

  • Regional District of East Kootenays
  • Shuswap First Nation

Ongoing Work in BC

By the end of the 2021-2022 fiscal year, there were:

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Farms Under Contract
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Riparian BMPs
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Grassland BMPs
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Riparian & Grassland BMPs

What do the impacts look like?

Before:

Broken fencing, posts pulled out by frost.

After:

Reinforced and repaired fencing.

Before:

Bank erosion and destroyed irrigation mainline.

After:

Reshaped bank, rock and coarse woody debris added.

Before:

Unprotected and overgrown bank, lack of native riparian plants.

After:

Installed Fence, planted riparian species along bank, removed invasive species.

Case Studies

Program

What is Farmland Advantage, and why is it important?

Approach

How are sites selected, and what sites are best suited to a project?

Impact

Exploring Farmland Advantage’s Impacts Across BC.

Projects & Research

From stream health to grasslands, see a sample of the ongoing projects & research.

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