21 Balance key to restoring fire-affected range

Ranchers just one of several groups affected by wildfire by TOM WALKER

CACHE CREEK—The Elephant Hill wildfire of 2017 is an example of the incredible destruction that the province has sustained in the past two summers. The province’s biggest

wildfire that year, at 192,000 hectares, devoured homes, ranches and businesses. Timber, forage, fences and range infrastructure were destroyed and the environmental fallout is still being felt in flash floods, altered watercourses and damage to domestic water systems. Yet at the same time, these

fires provide an opportunity, something Kevin Boon, general manager of the BC Cattlemen’s Association terms “a clean slate.” They’re a chance for renewal, a chance to re-establish priorities, a chance to shape the regeneration of a landscape that has not been altered by wildfire in a long time. The Pacific Northwest

Section of the Society of Range Management (PNWSRM) held its summer meeting in Cache Creek at the end of June. Some 80 members took part in an all- day field tour around the theme, "Collaborative Approaches to Managing a Fire Recovery Landscape," with a focus on the 2017 Elephant Hill fire and recovery practices. Range agrologists,

foresters, cattle ranchers, Indigenous people, academics and government staff took in five stops on the

Ranchers, range agrologists, foresters, First Nations, academics and government staff assemble for a group photo in a community forest north of Clinton that was logged shortly after the Elephant Hill fire. TOM WALKER PHOTO

tour dubbed as a “bring your own content" day that saw lively discussion around accommodating the multiple values of forestry, ranching, First Nations, fire protection, recreation, tourism and the environment while charting the best path forward for restoring land ravaged by wildfire.

Defining the path forward

is the key challenge. The path depends on each stakeholder’s values and their management goals, explains PNWSRM president Wendy Gardner, an assistant professor in natural resource

sciences at Thompson Rivers University. “It is hard to say if there is one outcome. There can be a lot of disagreement on what people want to see,” she says. While ecologists see fire as

part of the ecosystem, range agrologists see tree removal as an opportunity to grow grass. A forester worries about the loss of timber, while community members are affected by erosion and

tourists might not like seeing scarred hillsides. “People view the post-

wildfire situation very differently depending on how

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The Commission has received requests to regulate the following vegetables: RED ONIONS / SWEET ONIONS / WHITE ONIONS / SILVER SKIN ONIONS / SHALLOTS

The YELLOW ONION is the only onion variety grown in BC that is currently regulated. If these additional onion varieties become regulated vegetables, they will be subject to the British Columbia Vegetable Scheme and the authority of the BC Vegetable Marketing Commission (BCVMC). The BCVMC will be responsible for maintaining orderly marketing through managing the promotion, control, and regulation of production, transportation, packing, storage and marketing of all Yellow Onions, Red Onions, Sweet Onions, White Onions, Silver Skin Onions, and Shallots grown in BC.

Further information about the BCVMC and regulated BC grown vegetables can be found on our website:

To advance this request the Commission needs to verify if there are any other producers in the province that are currently producing these specific onion varieties.

We would like to know if you: 1. Produce Red Onions, Sweet Onions, White Onions, Silver Skin Onions, Shallots; 2. Are aware of any producers in BC that are currently producing these vegetables; 3. Have any information to be brought to the Commission’s attention on this topic.

You are requested to contact the BCVMC General Manager by phone or e-mail with your information by Friday September 6th, 2019.

BCVMC Office Phone: 604-542-9734 / 1-800-663-1461 General Manager e-mail:

Once we have identified producers of these onion varieties, all identified producers will be notified of the next steps in the consultation process.

Further information on procedures for the regulation of produce can be found on the BCMVC website and in Part XIII of the General Order.

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