Range Practices

Range Effectiveness Evaluations 2008

An evaluation of haycutting tenures and practices on British Columbia wet meadows –

Report 1 of 2

Abstract

As part of an evaluation of haycutting in British Columbia, range agreement areas were evaluated in Arrow Boundary, 100 Mile House and Quesnel Forest Districts in September and October 2008. The evaluation included reviewing twenty range use plans and completing sixteen wetland health assessments on ten meadow complexes. Thirteen sites were rated at PFC, two were slightly risk and one was moderately at risk. Some sites were not hayed in 2008, and most were not hayed annually. Generally stubble heights following cutting were lower than required in the range use plan. However the majority of meadows were not harvested annually, allowing plants to recover following cutting. This rest appears to be more important than stubble height in the maintenance of wetland health. Wetland complexes that were not fenced to exclude livestock and those with indications of livestock grazing were at greater risk than those completely fenced. Evaluations are planned for haycutting agreement areas in Central Cariboo and Chilcotin Forest Districts in 2009.

Publication: An evaluation of haycutting tenures and practices on British Columbia wet meadows – Report 1 of 2 [pdf, 3.3 Mb]

 

Range Effectiveness Evaluations 2004

Part 1. An Evaluation of Range Use Plan Content in Four Forest Districts in British Columbia

Abstract: Evaluate a selection of RUPs from four representative areas of the province to determine if current RUPs meet Code content requirements.

Overview: Part 1. Range Use Plan Content, [pdf, 73Kb]

Publication: Part 1. An Evaluation of Range Use Plan Content in Four Forest Districts in British Columbia [pdf, 153Kb]

Part 2. An Evaluation of Rangeland Health and Effectiveness of Plant Residue in Protecting Resource Values

Abstract: A Ministry of Forests team evaluated a number of representative Range Act agreement areas in four forest districts during September and October of 2004. Agreements with range use plans approved after December 31, 2000 were given priority. Key areas, selected to be indicative of management and level of use, within primary range were evaluated.

Overview: Part 2. Rangeland Health and Plant Residue, [pdf, 2.3Mb]

Publication: Part 2. An Evaluation of Rangeland Health and Effectiveness of Plant Residue in Protecting Resource Values, [pdf, 1.7Mb]