The BC Ministry of Agriculture and its partners conducted an Agricultural Land Use Inventory (ALUI) for the District of Squamish and Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area D in the summer of 2017. The ALUI was funded in part by District of Squamish, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, and Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial territorial initiative.
The ALUI includes detailed data about land use and land cover to inform future agricultural planning and provide a baseline to help measure changes over time on agricultural lands. The ALUI quantifies the amount of land used, unavailable, and potentially available for agricultural purposes. The data also serves as a key input into an Agricultural Water Demand Model that estimated current and future agricultural water needs.
Did You Know?
The Agricultural Land Reserve within the District of Squamish and Electoral Area D comprises 1.3% of the total jurisdictional land area. Approximately half of the ALR (1,986 ha) was inventoried as the ‘effective’ ALR with the remainder being on Indian Reserves, or outside of legally surveyed parcels.
Although a relatively small amount of the inventoried ALR is being farmed (47 ha), there are additional lands outside of the ALR also being farmed (21 ha). It is also significant that over 90% of the effective ALR is covered by natural and semi-natural vegetation and wetlands with minimal current anthropogenic use. These underutilized lands represent a valuable land base to expand regional agricultural production in the future but will require clearing to become agriculturally productive.
Check out the reports to learn more:
- District of Squamish and Electoral Area D Agricultural Land Use Inventory Report, 2017
- Agricultural Water Demand Model - Squamish River Valley, 2018
- Agricultural Water Demand Model - Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, 2018
A presentation on the ALUI will be at the June 12, 2018 District of Squamish Committee of the Whole meeting (at approximately 1:00pm). Mark your calendars and stay tuned for further details.