Multifunctional pasture rejuvenation in the Cariboo

Multifunctional pasture rejuvenation in the Cariboo

Large pasture located in the Cariboo region

Pasture rejuvenation forage trials and establishment treatments will be evaluated by implementing operation-scale deployment of site preparation and forage seeding and then scientific monitoring of key plant and soil indicators to evaluate the implications for:

  • Vegetation cover
  • Forage production
  • Soil moisture and soil carbon sequestration
  • Fire hazard ratings

Vegetation cover and forage production have direct relevance to regional climate adaptation with regard to forage producers’ ability to improve pasture productivity under increased climatic variability. Vegetative cover and its influence on fire hazard ratings also have direct implications for supporting land management practices that can abate the prominent and widespread risk of wildfires. Soil carbon and soil moisture measures provide direct evidence of the impacts of the treatments tested on the climate mitigation potential and for adaptation to increased occurrence of growing season drought.


Principal investigators
  • Dr. Lauchlan Fraser, Professor and Senior NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Ecosystem Reclamation, Thompson Rivers University
  • Dr. John Church, Associate Professor and British Columbia Regional Innovation Chair in Cattle Industry Sustainability, Thompson Rivers University
  • Keenan Baker, MSc candidate at Thompson Rivers University
  • Mathew Coghill, MSC Thompson Rivers University


Quesnel Cariboo Observer, September 2023: Grazing the surface of the Quesnel forests

Publications and presentations

Report: Multi-functional pasture rejuvenation in the Cariboo

Other links or additional info

Fraser Lab


2021 - 2023

Research partners

  • British Columbia (BC) Forage Council
  • Cariboo Agricultural Research Alliance


  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Beef Cattle Industry Development Fund
  • Farm Adaptation Innovator Program