Long-term relationships with ranchers are critical to the future success of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan – Similkameen. Although commercial livestock grazing is not typically allowed in a national park reserve, Parks Canada is committed to working with ranching families to provide certainty and stability on their respective Crown grazing tenures. Ranching families within the proposed national park reserve will be able to continue operating as they are today with a similar regulatory framework. Parks Canada is in a position to assist grazing tenure holders with capacity funding to work together to address common stewardship objectives. A transition plan is currently under development.
If you are a rancher and/or a holder of a grazing tenure in the proposed national park reserve boundary, the project manager will be in contact with you to discuss next steps and go over questions in greater detail.