Synergies in working with agricultural land owners

Links to projects affecting agricultural land

through standards and certification
through peer to peer advice
in the Salmon River watershed
stewards from the projects above have offered start up advice and collaboration to transfer lessons to the Bonaparte
and Murray Creek watersheds
Changing how we work together

Throughout the Fraser Basin, a significant amount of riparian land is privately owned and used for agriculture. Ongoing demonstration and activity allow awareness and techniques of stewardship to mature and become integrated with other concerns, creating an important culture shift.

Agricultural practices affect fish and fish habitat in many ways. One example is keeping cows out of the streams to protect fish habitat.

Consistent presence in the community and continuing efforts to demonstrate and talk with landowners about good riparian care has led to an increasing stewardship ethic.

One example is in the Salmon River watershed, where the patient long term planning and implementation led by the Salmon River Watershed Roundtable has resulted in former skeptics becoming enthusiastic stewards and advocates for riparian care.

Another example is the Farmland Riparian Interface Stewardship Program (FRISP) of the BC Cattlemen’s Association, offering peer-to-peer advice and services for managing agricultural land to support salmon habitat. Over time, FRISP has brought about an attitude shift in the agricultural community from initial resistance to gradual engagement in active partnership.

Farmers who meet Salmon Safe standards

By the end of 2011, we have certified 22 farms in British Columbia and Salmon-Safe certified products are available in the lower mainland.

These successful models of building a stewardship ethic can be transferred to other communities, as is underway in the Bonaparte and Murray Creek.

Building on all of this work, the Salmon-Safe standards recognize the leaders that are creating and adopting better practices in their land management. Further these standards add momentum to the culture shift, raising awareness of farmers and their customers about better practices.

Posted by Megan Moser in "Water & Habitat"in "Governance"in "Engagement" on 4/27