Range Branch


The rangelands of British Columbia

Author(s) or contact(s): P.R. Horton
Source: Range Branch
Subject: Range Management
Series: Brochure
Other details:  Published 1996. Hardcopy is available.


British Columbia's rangelands are areas of the province that produce the necessities of life for grazing and browsing animals. For several reasons-soils, topography, climate, geology, social concerns rangelands are often unsuited to farming.

British Columbia's rangelands are owned either privately or by the Crown. Some are fenced, while others are not. They include grass, forest, wetland, and alpine

No single plant form dominates rangeland, but herbivory, the consumption of plants or plant parts, is the essential process that characterizes it. Grazing refers to the consumption of standing forage (edible grasses and forbs). Browsing is the consumption of edible leaves and twigs from woody plants (trees and shrubs).

Cattle, horses, and elk are examples of grazers; they eat mainly grasses and forbs. Deer, moose, and goats are mainly browsers.

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Updated October 16, 2008