The Laurie Guichon Memorial Grasslands Interpretive Site was built by the Nicola Watershed Community Round Table (NWCRT) to educate both residents and visitors about the ecological significance of the interior grasslands. The site opened in 2001 and showcases the importance of the grassland eco systems and how they are an integral part of the ecological, cultural, and economic fabric of the region. There are short trails to an interpretive kiosk and to a viewing platform at the small pond near the main parking area.
The site was named in honour of Laurie Guichon (October 15 1944 - July 19 1999), a fourth generation rancher in the Nicola Valley and founding member of the NWCRT. Laurie was enthusiastic about creating a grasslands interpretive site and the site was part of his vision and passion to bring people together to share knowledge and responsibility for the land.
The site is open to the public all year around and continues to be a popular rest stop, educating folks about the importance of grasslands, and the challenges we all face.
Please click here for a detailed view of the signs at the interpretive kiosk and a photo gallery of grasslands diversity.
The Laurie Guichon Memorial Grasslands Interpretive Site is located approximately 11 km east of Merritt, BC just off Highway 97C at the Lundbom Lake turnoff.
The NWCRT is pleased to partner with the Grasslands Conservation Council in the active management of the site through a stewardship agreement with Forests Lands Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO).
The goal to educate continues to be a top focus.
We have partnered with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) as well as BC Cattlemen’s Association, Nicola Naturalist, School District 58, the TNRD as well as local citizens to carry on research, maintain the site and keep learning about grasslands.
There are currently several research projects taking place on site. Download the latest information about the research projects below.