Bridge Creek Ranch: Conservation
The Cecil family, along with ranch staff, have put a high priority on land stewardship and conservation of natural resources. Our goal has been to ensure the economic prosperity of the ranch while also protecting the beautiful natural features of our property, such as Exeter Lake, Little Bridge Creek, and wildlife-rich wetlands.
BCCA Environmental Stewardship Award
In conjunction with Ducks Unlimited and various Government agencies, we have undertaken a number of environmental stewardship projects. In particular, we constructed extensive riparian buffer zones and alternative watering systems to reduce the impact of livestock on sensitive water-interface areas. In recognition for this work, the BC Cattleman's Association awarded Bridge Creek Estate its yearly Environmental Stewardship Award in 2001. We are very proud of this award and the recognition it gained at the provincial level.
Ranch manager Don Savjord has built a reputation for seeking win/win solutions for the environment, the ranch, funding bodies and volunteer organizations. For more details, see Don's Wetlands Restoration Project article, describing these conservation projects.
Forest Stewardship Award
In addition to our riparian and grazing conservation projects, we seek to manage our forest lands using the principles of ecoforestry. In 2000, the Woodlot Product Development Council awarded Bridge Creek Estate its Forest Stewardship Award 'in recognition of contribution to the success of the B.C. Woodlot License Program in the 100 Mile House Forest District.'
Archive (low resolution) video of Bridge Creek Ranch forestry management.