Impact

Impact2024-04-17T09:44:33-07:00

During the 2022/23 program year, there were:

0

ON-FARM
SITES

0
hectares

RIPARIAN AREAS
ASSESSED

0
kilometers

SHORELINE
ASSESSED

0
hectares

WILDFIRE RISK AREAS
ASSESSED

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.

The black circles indicate areas in which Farmland Advantage has project sites.

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

In the Cariboo region 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. The Wildfire Risk Reduction Pilot Project also has sites in this region.

Projects have been identified in the following areas:

  • Cariboo Regional District

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. The Wildfire Risk Reduction Pilot Project also has a site in this region.

Projects have been identified in the following areas:

  • Thomson-Nicola Regional District
  • 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. Further north, Farmland Advantage is also working in the Black Creek Watershed, undertaking riparian restoration work such as invasive species management, native species planning, and bank stabilization.

Projects have been identified in the following areas:

  • Cowichan Valley Regional District
  • Comox Valley Regional District

South Coast

Farmland Advantage continues working with farmers in the Lower Mainland, specifically the Bertrand Creek Watershed and 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:

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

Kootenays

Farmland Advantage works 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. In the Regional District of East Kootenays, Grasslands projects such as Species at Risk habitat protection, grazing management, rangeland enhancements, and the promotion of targeted plant growth to enhance soil health are ongoing. The Wildfire Risk Reduction Pilot Project also has a site in this region.

Projects have been identified in the following areas:

  • Regional District of East Kootenays
  • Regional District of Kootenay-Boundary
  • Regional District of Central Kootenay
  • Shuswap First Nation

Ongoing Work in BC

By the end of the 2022/23 fiscal year, there were:

0
Farms Under Contract
0
Riparian BMPs
0
Grassland BMPs
0
Wildfire Risk Reduction Pilot Sites

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.

Reports

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

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Projects & News

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