The Stewardship Practices project documents on-the-ground practices that have been used in riparian areas to address threats to wildlife and species at risk.
The project’s case studies describe stewardship practices that were implemented on a number of farms and ranches in different parts of BC. They also capture why landowners were motivated to adopted stewardship practices, the challenges they faced, and the outcomes of the adopted practices.
We have completed 15 case studies throughout the Okanagan Valley, the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, the Kootenays and Vancouver Island. Each case study includes images, stories and data from each property. Properties are assessed using a standard assessment methodology.
Every landowner in these case studies is a stewardship champion who has shown a commitment to species at risk by actively practicing stewardship on their land. They have dedicated many hours to working with our researchers and other partners so that together we can all build our understanding of effective practices.
Stewardship Practices guides developed previously by SCBC have been used to guide many of the practices implemented in these case studies. The three SCBC guides for riparian areas are:
Species at Risk Voluntary Stewardship Practices for:
These guides and will soon be updated based, in part, on lessons learned in our case studies.