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Range

Our Rangelands include grasslands, wetlands, forestlands, and alpine-lands that produce grasses, broad leafed plants, and shrubs, used by large animals, wild or domestic. The diversity of habitats corresponds to a large variety of wildlife which depend on these rangelands. The Thompson Rivers Forest District Range staff work with ranchers in the Kamloops and Headwaters districts, to manage the range in a manner that considers natural ecosystems, First Nation Values, wildlife habitat, timber harvesting and other values. The ranch's livestock use of Crown rangelands is authorized via Grazing Licenses or Permits under the Range Act, and practices defined under the Forest and Range Practices Act. In addition, DTR has a number of grazing lease tenures which are issued under the Land Act.

Overview Maps of Range Units and/or Pastures:

Grazing Tenure Renewals: The Range Act was amended in 2014 and now allows 'Grazing Licenses' to be renewed for a 25 year period, while 'Grazing Permits' are for 1-5 years. Tenures expire at different times across the district.

Range Use Plans: Content is defined under the Forest and Range Practices Act and practices in the Range Planning and Practices Regulations.

Invasive Plants in the Thompson Rivers Forest District.

Some Web sites of Interest:

Range Branch / The Range Act/ Range Fees and Rents/ Range Reference Areas (Kamloops Region)

Society for Range Management/ BC Cattlemen's Association / BC Grassland Conservation Council

Land Act / Trespass Act / Forest and Range Practices Act


Range in the Thompson Rivers Forest District

Range Management is an evolving art and science, that strives to produce desired products or experiences on a sustainable basis. The "art" is in endeavoring to satisfy the varied people and groups with an interest in rangelands, and the "science" is the application of knowledge on the ecological basis of managing rangelands.

Present rangeland values include: biodiversity, forage for livestock, varied habitat for wildlife, scenic beauty, recreational experiences, water, and timber production on the forested areas.

Historically some areas of Kamloops rangelands were overgrazed and deteriorated, especially in the grassland and alpine areas. This historical damage to rangelands was caused by ignorance and harsh economic times, as these rangelands hosted fur-trade horse-herds, Gold rush sheep and cattle-drives, homesteaders, and more.

Ranches in our area were established in the late 1800’s in the Gold Rush era. Today in the Thompson Rivers Forest District, ranchers have Crown grazing tenures for roughly 30,000 cattle and 500 sheep. This involves the issuance of about 141 grazing licences (Range Act) and 114 grazing leases (Lands Act). A detailed ‘Range Use Plan’ is required by the Forest and Range Practices Act.

As you drive through the interior B. C. rangelands, you see complex natural ecosystems used by a varied cross section of society, and traditional practices alongside the new, such as the all important range-riders, skilled cow dogs as well as the use of motorbikes and quads to check cattle and fencelines.

Livestock grazing in Parks: The public may be surprised to see cattle in Parks that were created as a result of the Kamloops LRMP (1995, 1997). Local ranches had historical use of these sites prior to them being declared Parks and these existing livestock grazing tenures continue within these new Parks. The Kamloops LRMP includes a section on 'Domestic Livestock Grazing in Parks' that outlines strategies for range management in Parks including: monitoring, 'ungrazed areas', and special livestock management to meet Park goals (See Section 2.3.1.1 & Appendix 9). Range staff continue to manage these livestock tenures, through Grazing Tenures and associated Range Use Plans. A A Provincial protocol agreement with BCParks was established and the Park Act was amended to allow grazing in parks.

Annual Forestry Range Meetings

2016:
Summary
Presentations

General Information

Grazing Leases

 

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