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Grasslands Ecosystem Restoration

In early 2012 trees were removed from 190 hectares of land on Bald Mountain, west
of Williams Lake, to halt forest encroachment on grassland habitat. FBC is secretariat
to a multi-party committee seeking to restore traditional grasslands for biodiversity
and forage production.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Ecosystems Restoration Steering Committee is working to identify and restore critical grasslands in the region. FBC offers support as secretariat.

Covering less than one percent of BC, native grasslands are home to the highest diversity of at-risk plant and animal species. A 2007 report found that forest encroachment on arid grasslands and open range in the Cariboo-Chilcotin had become prevalent because of intentional suppression and management of natural wildfires for public safety. As trees spread and their density increases, they reduce the abundance and diversity of understory grass species.

The Ecosystems Restoration Steering Committee is made up of representatives of three Provincial Ministries (Forests, Range and Natural Resource Operations, Agriculture and Environment); three First Nations groups (Tsilhqot’in, Carrier Chilcotin and Northern Shuswap); four cattlemen’s groups (Cariboo-Chilcotin, Clinton, Quesnel and South Cariboo); and three non-profits (Grasslands Conservation Council of BC, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society and BC Wildlife Federation).

The Steering Committee is focusing attention on those lands that are suitable for treatment, highly important for biodiversity and useful for forage production/grazing. Treatments include prescribed burning and mechanical thinning of trees.

Learn More

For more information, contact:

Cariboo-Chilcotin Ecosystem Restoration Steering Committee
Jane Wellburn, Regional Manager, Fraser Basin Council (Secretariat)

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.