2008-12-16

B.C. stock trails to bypass endangered grasslands

British Columbia's provincial government plans to put up funds to help build stock trails in the 100 Mile House area and steer cattle clear of nearby endangered grasslands.

The province on Monday pledged $120,500 for the Canoe Creek Band to build trails for moving cattle in and around Alberta Lake, away from open grasslands, riparian areas and endangered species habitat.

The project, which involves removing and slashing mostly dead, mountain pine beetle-infected pine trees and some Douglas fir trees, is expected to provide employment for up to 15 forest workers, the province said.