Laurie Guichon Memorial Grasslands Interpretive Site


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. 

 

Teacher Erica Martindale was a huge help organizing field trips for grades 4-6. The kids explored stations and learned about grasslands diversity. Round Table members were on hand to help lead stations and make the day special for local students.
Teacher Erica Martindale was a huge help organizing field trips for grades 4-6. The kids explored stations and learned about grasslands diversity. Round Table members were on hand to help lead stations and make the day special for local students.

 

Please click here for a detailed view of the signs at the interpretive kiosk and a photo gallery of grasslands diversity.

 

Visit the Grasslands Interpretive Site

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.

 

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Research and Education

 

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.

 


Downloads

Download
Baseline Inventory Report
LGMGIS baseline July 2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 7.1 MB
Download
Invasive Plant Report
LGMGIS Weed Plan Final Report.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 580.2 KB

Download
Baseline Inventory
Poster of the baseline inventory taken at the Grasslands Interpretive Site in September 2019.
GCC_Poster_Baseline.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 19.4 MB
Download
Weed Management
Poster of ecologically based weed management in rangelands, prepared October 2019.
GCC-Weed_Management.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.2 MB
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Grazing Trials
Poster about cattle grazing on a trial basis as a rangeland restoration tool, prepared October 2019.
GCC_Grazing_Trails.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.2 MB