Wilson and June Clifton of Keremeos have received the ranch sustainability award for British Columbia.
Located in the Similkameen Valley in the southern Interior, the ranch consists of a 500 cow-calf herd, a bull test station, feedlot and beef store. The ranch is spread over a large area and includes private, federal, crown and nature trust land.
Grazing occurs on native pasture and in the open forest.
The family has partnered with Nature Trust B.C. to create the White Lake Basin Biodiversity Ranch to manage the land for livestock and wildlife. The ranch includes a number of species at risk so the family works with various agencies to protect 31 animal and plants at risk.
Riparian areas are protected and a rest rotation grazing system is used. About 100 water development projects are located throughout the property.
The family is expected to be recognized at the national level during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference scheduled for Aug. 13-15 in Calgary.