Rancher Sprayer Program:
Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program (GREP)
Agriculture has been a mainstay in the East Kootenay for generations. A sustainable agriculture industry depends to a large extent on healthy and productive range, pasture and cropland. Invasive plants are a major threat to the productivity of these lands.
Cattle ranchers in the region graze their livestock on various Crown Range Tenures. These large tracts of land often contain various invasive plants which have the potential to impact the rancher’s livelihood and degrade the natural environment - if left untreated.
The East Kootenay Invasive Species Council along with its partners developed a Rancher Sprayer Program which provides funding and herbicide to Ranchers to treat their own Crown Range Tenures each year. Since the rancher’s know their tenure lands well, they are usually the most efficient at treating them.
The Rancher Sprayer program is funded in almost entirely by the Kootenay Livestock Association’s - Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program (GREP). This program is made possible through the generous support of the Columbia Basin Trust.
If you are a Crown Range Tenure holder who is interested in more information or would like to participate in this program, please contact EKISC as we are interested in expanding this unique initiative.