Enforcing the Code on Range Land in Oliver, BC
On September 25, 2000, the Board received a complaint from an Oliver resident. The complainant lives on White Lake road, a paved rural road that passes through Crown range land in the Penticton Forest District. The complainant stated that a local rancher repeatedly allowed his cattle to graze on Crown land without authorization, and that due to a lack of fence maintenance, the cattle frequently escaped from the range onto White Lake road, posing a safety hazard to motorists. The complaint is not about the rancher, but rather the Ministry of Forests (MOF). The complainant considers that ministry enforcement efforts have been inappropriate because, despite the ministry’s actions, the cattle continue to graze on Crown range without authorization.