The Regional District of Bulkley- Nechako Planning Department and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) have completed Agriculture Land Use Inventories (ALUI) for Electoral Areas A and F with funding provided by the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (OBAC) and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC (IAFBC).
The ALUI consists of two ALUI reports (one for each electoral area) and ten maps (five for each electoral area). The reports outline the purpose of the project, the process undertaken, the results of the project, and an analysis of the results. The maps for each area show the overall results of the inventory including land cover, land use, and land available for farming.
The ALUI reports provide a comprehensive inventory of agricultural land use surrounding the Town of Smithers and the District of Vanderhoof, which have a strong agricultural land base and are experiencing the most development pressures on agriculture land. This information is valuable background necessary to understand the current status of agriculture in the region. The project also provides a snapshot of agriculture land use in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and as such has established a baseline of information which can be used for comparison against agriculture land use inventories in the future. This will help the RDBN and others make informed decisions on how to best manage the agricultural land base in order to support and strengthen farming in the future.