Site selection and land clearing

  • Okanagan Similkameen VineyardChoose previously developed agricultural land for a vineyard rather than converting sensitive natural habitat to vineyard.
  • During vineyard establishment, minimize the footprint of disturbance. Don’t automatically remove ground cover from the entire property. Consider retaining native ground cover and plants in gullies, property margins, rocky slopes and Okanagan Similkameen Vineyardareas unsuitable for cultivation. Reestablishing native ground cover is much more difficult than protecting it during building.
  • Protect natural habitat around your property. Don’t use gullies as dumping grounds and avoid cutting into the hillsides and destabilizing slopes.
  • Time major construction or replanting to avoid unnecessary impacts on wildlife. Mid-October to March are the best times.