Priority Agricultural Pests of the Cariboo Region

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Priority Agricultural Pests of the Cariboo Region

Climate change is already influencing, and will continue to influence, agricultural pest dynamics and their impacts on agricultural production in the Cariboo region. During the Cariboo Adaptation Strategy planning process of the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative, stakeholders identified a number of agricultural pests of concern and also highlighted a significant gap in regional monitoring.

Consultations were conducted using a survey and an interview process, to develop lists of priority plant, insect, disease and other agricultural pests. A ranking was assigned to these current and emerging agricultural pest threats based on individual pest’s current and potential distributions if unmanaged, the scale and severity of their impacts on various types of regional agricultural production, and the existing research, monitoring and/or management support. The consultations, combine with a separate literature review, was used to inform this ranking and to identify a gaps in regional extension, monitoring and research work, with potential project partners identified. Six recommendations are put forward in the report below to support pest management in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.

Cariboo – Priority Pests: Scan, Consultation & Action Plan

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