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Grassland Set-aside Stewardship Program
The Grassland Set-aside Stewardship Program encourages farmers to plant fields with grasses and clover to restore the soil. The fields are "fallowed" for up to 4 years. Grassland set-asides benefit farming and wildlife by:
- Providing habitats for wildlife including grassland raptors, wading birds, songbirds, small mammals, and pollinating insects
- Improving soil fertility by increasing organic matter in the soil
- Helping farmers transition to organic production by spanning the 3-year certification period
Grassland set-asides support high densities of the Townsend's Vole, a small native mammal that is prey for a variety of raptors and wading birds. Set-asides also provide roosting habitat for ground-perching raptors, such as the Northern Harrier and Short-eared Owl.
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A Grassland Set-aside in west Delta looks like an ordinary field of tall grass...
...but small mammals like the Townsend's vole build extensive tunnels under the grassy cover...
...and become prey for a diversity of raptors, like this Short-eared Owl.
News & Events
DF&WT Hosts Young Naturalists' Club of BC
DF&WT teams up with the Young Naturalist Club of BC for a Grassland Set-aside monitoring Citizen Science Project!Read More..
Cover Crop Research Helps Refine Management
DF&WT research reveals the importance of planting date on the ability of a cover crop to support waterfowl.Read More..
- Get To Know SOME OF OUR WILDLIFE:
- Northern Shrike Known as the "Butcher Bird," the Shrike impales prey on thorns to attract mates and mark its territory.
- Lesser Snow Goose Snow Geese congregate on farm fields by the tens of thousands searching for potatoes, grain, and grass.
- Bumblebee These insects benefit farmers by pollinating crops. They find refuges in Grassland Set-asides and Hedgerows.