Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
The B.C. Cattlemen’s Association has received another boost for its program to maintain and restore riparian ecosystems, thanks to a $30,000 grant from the B.C. government.
“Riparian ecosystems are vital components of British Columbia’s natural environment,” said Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson. “The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is pleased to support this stewardship program and acknowledge the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association’s leadership role in protecting and enhancing these important areas.”
Riparian areas are the transitional zones between waterways (such as rivers, streams and lakes) and their surrounding landscapes. These important ecosystems contain crucial fish and wildlife habitat and also feature a variety of plant life, including forage for livestock who use riparian areas to access drinking water.
The $30,000 grant will support the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association’s Farmland-Riparian Interface Stewardship Program. This program offers information, resources and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to help identify, assess and restore riparian areas affected by erosion, unwanted weeds, poor forage production, animal or vehicle damage, or diminished wildlife populations.
The objective is to re-establish healthy riparian areas that benefit nearby communities, livestock operations and local wildlife, while increasing streambed stability, restoring natural ecosystems and encouraging the growth of foreshore vegetation.
This year, the program also received a $40,000 grant from the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association and a $22,000 contribution from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
To learn more, go to Farmland-Riparian Interface Stewardship Program’s website at www.cattlemen.bc.ca/FRISP.htm