Lekstrom Announces Funding for Grain Producers Association

Dawson Creek – The B.C. Government has provided $15,000 to the BC Grain Producers Association (BCGPA) for the Peace River Enfranchisement Pilot (PREP), announced Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom.

The grant will be used to develop and implement a pilot project that will provide landowners with tangible, financial rewards in return for habitat stewardship and access concessions. The pilot project will also provide the organizations with an opportunity to coordinate a variety of wildlife and agriculture-related programs in order to gain efficiencies.

?This funding is part of a larger commitment to ecological diversity and sustainability,? said Lekstrom. ?It is important that the residents of the Peace benefit from the provincial government?s commitment to the environment. This project will hopefully help the agriculture and wildlife sector to harmonize their objects and eliminate the need for political solutions.?

Last year the BCGPA received a $10,000 grant for the PREP. That funding was to assess wildlife-caused cereal crop loss and excreta contamination issues and was matched by the BC Agriculture Council, Ducks Unlimited and the Levy Council.