2019 PNW SRM Summer Meeting, Cache Creek, BC, June 25-27

Rangelands and Wildfire: Responding to issues arising from the 2017 and 2018 wildfire seasons in the Cariboo-Chilcotin

The PNW Section Summer Meeting and Symposium will be held June 25 to 27, 2019 in Cache Creek, British Columbia, a town located at a historic transportation junction with its roots dating back to the Gold Rush days. Cache Creek is located about 1-hour west of Kamloops and was impacted by the 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire which burned 191,865 ha and resulted in the evacuation of the entire town. The tour will include stops and discussion on multiple topics including: 1) trees versus grass – how to address this debate post fire, 2) burn severity maps – calibration of these maps and their role in post-fire planning (forestry, grazing, seeding etc.), 3) hydrology – issues relating to soil erosion, water quality and reclamation, and 4) grazing post fire – the challenges regarding animals returning to the range.

Collaborative Approaches to Managing a Fire Recovery Landscape

Day 1 Tuesday June 25
14:00-16:30Board of Directors MeetingBear's Claw Lodge - Mezzanine
16:30-21:00Registration/Evening Social Bear's Claw Lodge Lobby and Restaurant
Day 2 Wednesday June 26
7:00 a.m.Registration
Breakfast on your own/Provided “continental”
Bear's Claw Lodge - Mezzanine
8 a.m.Bus Tour 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Group discussionsBear's Claw Lodge
8:30 a.m.Stop 1 - Wildfire impacts on grass: What have been the impacts of wild fires and what are the best management practices to maintain forage production? Boston Flats Pasture
9:30 a.m.Stop 2 - Post Wildfire Invasive Plant Prevention and Control: What are some best practices to prevent the introduction and provide control of invasive plants within burned areas? Elephant Hill Fire
Fireguard location TBD
10:30 a.m.Stop 3 - Semlin Crested Wheatgrass Seeding: What can we still learn from the seeding of crested wheatgrass on the site seed by Alf Bawtree so many years ago? Semlin Pasture
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch – Stop 3/Stop 4 or nice place in between
1:00 p.m.Stop 4 - Trees vs Grass: What is the research on wildfire in dry ecosystem types telling us about where to plant trees? Dry site within Elephant Hill fire
2:00 p.m.Stop 5 - First Nations impacts/Mushroom Harvest: What are the First Nations uses, impacts of fire, and response by First Nations on the grasslands and forests in their territory? Sketchestn or Bonaparte location
3:00 p.m.Stop 6 - Rancher Impacts: What were the immediate impacts and what have been the longer term wildfire impacts on ranching operations and use of the range?Sketchestn or Bonaparte location
4:00 p.m.Return to Bear's Claw Lodge
5:00 p.m.Happy HourBear's Claw Lodge
6:00 p.m.Mayoral/First Nation Greeting/Banquet, Silent Auction, Alf Bawtree Recognition/Past Member Tribute
Evening Presentation – High School Youth
8:00 p.m.Music (and Campfire weather permitting)
Day 3 Thursday June 27
Breakfast - On your own Bear's Claw or other
8:00 a.m.Morning Speakers Forum – Bringing together traditional knowledge, modern technology, range science, and communities together to facilitate recovery from wildfireCache Creek Community Hall
Presentation 1 Secwepemc Emergency Land Mgt Program
Presentation 2 Burn Severity Assessment using Drones
Presentation 3 Post Wildfire Grazing “Readiness” Indicators
11:00 a.m.Panel Discussion “Lessons Learned”
12 NoonEnd of Meeting - Lunch On your own – Suggest Herbies!

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Bear’s Claw Lodge is holding rooms for us at $79.00 per day (plus taxes at 15%) for a standard room double occupancy (10 rooms blocked until June 16th for Society for Range Management, 16 rooms total).

Riverside Motel (7 rooms confirmed)

Sandman Inn Cache Creek (35 rooms, pet-friendly)

Sage Hills Motel (No rooms blocked, pet friendly)


Brookside Campsite

   Historic Hat Creek

  • 250-457-9722
  • Jackson Rd, Thompson-Nicola BC V0K 1H0

For more information on this event, contact the coordinators‬ David Borth, (250)319-4305 or (250) 371-3836 or Tim Ross, ‭(250) 427-6470 For registration assistance, contact Vic Wright, (250) 549-0570‬.

Snail Mail BC Chapter:

2307 Wolfgang Rd
Armstrong , BC
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