Agrologists will be touring the Pemberton Valley this summer to collect information on crops, irrigation, livestock, and land-use for farming areas in the region. The crew will navigate public roads and observe land from within the vehicle, often with binoculars.
There are two weeks of field work scheduled:
- Week One: June 24-28
- Week Two: July 15-19
During the field work weeks, keep an eye out for Ministry of Agriculture Agrologists and SLRD Staff touring around in a grey Toyota 4Runner.
Agriculture is an important sector in the Pemberton Valley, and to help ensure its viability, the Ministry of Agriculture, SLRD, and the partnership for Water Sustainability in BC have partnered to update the Agricultural Land Use Inventory (ALUI) and Water Demand Model (WDM), which were last completed in 2009.
What is the purpose of the update?
An up to date ALUI is an important tool for making effective land-use planning decisions. It is a snapshot of current conditions, as well as an ability to predict agricultural land use trends in the region.
The ALUI will:
- Define the amount of actively farmed land in the region as of 2019;
- Provide a measure of change since the last inventory in 2009; and
- Inform an update of the 2012 Pemberton Valley Agricultural Plan.
The WDM will:
- Enable examination of water management alternatives that consider future land use changes;
- Define potential impacts of climate change and identify appropriate adaptation strategies;
- Better plan for changing water demand pressures; and
- Inform future water storage modelling projects.
This project is geographically focused in the Pemberton Valley (including both Electoral Area C and the Village of Pemberton), however the broader regional community stands to benefit as the data will support agriculture and regional food production, as well as overall regional food security.
The SLRD has allocated $5,000 plus in-kind support in the SLRD 2019 budget to complete the project. This project was funded in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Government of British Columbia through programs delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C.