The Farmland-Riparian Interface Stewardship Program (FRISP) was designed to assist agricultural producers in their efforts to protect and enhance water quality, riparian vegetation, and fish habitat. The BC Cattlemen’s Association (BCCA), manages and delivers the program through a directed common goal approach to address watershed resource concerns, encouraging sustainable land management practices in support of the agricultural sector.
FRISP takes pride in supporting community involvement in all its projects through equipment sharing, dividing up certain contracts for shared workload, as well as involving high school students, industry partners and local non-profits groups in planting partnerships. This can create a great sense of community pride and awareness, focusing on functional watercourse systems and riparian management.
FRISP can help you with any identified riparian issue on your farm or ranch requiring attention or upgrade. See below an example of how impactful a riparian project can be.
FRISP HAS FIVE MAIN OBJECTIVES:
SERVICES & FUNDING
FRISP provides a wide range of services for riparian/fish habitat enhancement, waste management issues and/or restoration projects, including:
The program results in increased awareness, involvement and compliance by the agriculture community to regulatory requirements, and provides incentive for adoption of BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES.
FRISP also provides:
Download the FRISP Brochure: Can I Restore An Unhealthy Riparian Corridor? Caution- large file size
Who can apply for assistance under FRISP?
Bone fide farmers and ranchers are meant to be the primary beneficiaries of technical advice and support under the program; however, resource stewardship organizations, community groups and government agencies may also apply for assistance.
Funding for the FRISP program is provided from a cross section of stakeholders, industry, government and private funders. BCCA continues to advocate for more project funding on a regular basis.
FRISP does not fund capital expenditures nor labour for projects; such funds and/or materials are sought from various other program, organizations, agencies and in-kind donations.
PROJECT APPLICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS
If an application does not meet the program criteria, the applicant will be advised of the details.
How is a FRISP Project Implemented?
There are four stages of Project Implementation:
FOLLOWING the completion of a riparian/fish habitat and/or streambank, restoration project, which may well have involved the planting of some trees and shrubs and riparian fencing, the landowner should:
With FRISP, severely degraded riparian sites can be restored to a proper functioning condition for the benefit of all concerned, including landowners, government agencies and society at large.
Severely degraded riparian area frequently have distinct, easily observable characteristics such as:
Unhealthy riparian areas frequently contribute to reduced fish populations because the riparian areas provide necessary food, shade and habitat for many fish species.
This streambank shows many of the characteristics of an unhealthy riparian area; sites like this can be repaired to a healthy state, but it takes time. FRISP can assist with this type of project by:
Benefits from FRISP involvement in a riparian area restoration project include:
What do FRISP Technical Advisors do?
How does FRISP interact with Government Agencies and other Organizations?
FRISP has a close working relationship with both provincial and federal government agencies, and other resource management groups. These associations are critical to the success of the FRISP program, and cooperation on projects is essential to achieve common goals. The primary agencies and organizations working with FRISP are:
See below to view some project profiles completed under the FRISP program over the past few years.
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Fraser Salmon & Watersheds Program was created to inspire individuals, organizations and government agencies to “Think Salmon” (www.thinksalmon.com) as a way of contributing and sustaining the best possible conditions and environment for British Columbia’s Pacific salmon. Today, there are many environmental problems affect salmon. These problems include climate conditions that change flows and temperatures of streams, and changes that impact natural cycles such as invasive species and the mountain pine beetle. Salmon and salmon habitat can also be affected due to pressures from development of forestry, agriculture and mining industries. FWSP has a unique approach to of enabling communities, and especially First Nations, to identify and address issues for their water and watersheds. FWSP projects have resulted in:
In many BC communities, stewardship groups such as FRISP work to reduce the impact of human behaviours on the well-being of salmon. FRISP has been associated with over 200 ranch and/or farm operations throughout BC with emphasis on the Fraser Basin drainage. The majority of projects have involved riparian management issues as related to improved habitat values for salmon; halting farmland loss through stream bank rehabilitation.
FRISP is a program that works behind the scenes to enable groups and individuals to set up and address positive change in respect to riparian and salmon habitat management. Here are just a few of the ways the program is doing that:
FRISP continues to promote stronger relationships by providing engagement with government, industry, First Nations and environmental groups. Proving these sectors with a greater understanding of the ranching sector and its needs allows for cooperation and positive dialogue. By fostering collaboration, FWSP is creating a legacy of coordinated effort among First Nations, government agencies, community groups, and scientists for the direct benefit of water and watersheds in British Columbia.
The Fraser Salmon and Watershed Program (FWSP) is devoted to realizing healthy salmon populations in functioning watersheds co-existing with thriving communities throughout the Fraser Basin. FWSP is co-managed by Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fraser Basin Council, in creating projects to facilitate new relationships and capacity among the watershed stakeholders throughout the basin. FRISP works alongside FWSP to meet their initiatives.
Lee Hesketh, Program Manager
Box 326 Lumby, BC V0E 2G0
BC Cattlemen's Association
4-10145 Dallas Drive Kamloops BC V2C 6T4
Toll free: 1.877.688.2333
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