Lake Country, BC – Lake Country was a key partner in a Silvopasture Pilot Project selected as the Recipient of a 2013 Regional Premier’s Award in the partnership category. The Premier’s Innovation and Excellence Awards showcases the work of government and its partners and collaborators that exemplify good management practices, innovation and excellence.
“We are very happy this Growing Food and Fibre in a Community Watershed pilot project received acknowledgement from the Premier’s office as an exemplary partnership,” said Mayor James Baker. “Anyone wanting more details about what was involved can watch a brief very interesting video about the project on YouTube.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uMsR5UN3xY)
“The Silvopasture pilot project was an exciting multi-jurisdictional project,” said Patti Meger, Water Quality Technician. “Lake Country provided analysis of water samples, delivery of bacteriological/chemistry samples to lab, and was instrumental in the development of water quality sampling protocol. This pilot project is the first like it in BC and could prove to be an effective form of management drawing livestock away from sensitive riparian zones and improving water quality.”
The first of its kind in B.C., this water-management partnership arose out of the need to protect drinking water in the Okanagan Shuswap District. The Vernon Creek watershed is a community watershed that provides drinking water and an important source of timber, forage and recreational activities. Concern that livestock grazing and other activities in the watershed may affect water quality led to a unique partnership between provincial and local government agencies and key stakeholders and partners. Their win/win approach integrated the management of forestry and livestock productions with conservation practices to protect drinking water while also promoting industry.
The project was led by the Ministry of Agriculture, in partnership with:
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Regional District of Central Okanagan
District of Lake County
Coldstream Ranch (2002) Ltd.
Tolko Industries Ltd.
Okanagan Basin Water Board
Legerwood Natural Resources Inc.
BC Cattlemen’s Association, Farmland Riparian Interface Stewardship Program
Project supported by:
Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative
Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative
Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program
Okanagan Basin Water Board, Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program
Watch the September 12th webcast identifying Premier’s Award finalists for the Interior/North region.
For more information contact:
Water Quality Technician Patti Meger
Tel 250-766-5650 (x241) or firstname.lastname@example.org