These ecosystems are used by the agricultural and tourism stakeholders of the Chilcotin Ark. The ecosystem services provided range from erosion protection, water regulation, filtration and supply, to protection from drought and flood and pollination for agriculture. Grasslands are habitat for wildlife, including at-risk species. They are also important for tourism by providing recreational and cultural opportunities.
Native grasses, wildflowers and rangeland provide a food source for a large number of species, including domestic cattle and horse grazing. To ensure sustainable practices and prevent overgrazing range licences limit the amount of time animals are permitted to graze on the land.
Burns along the Fraser River and Big Bar have created more grassland.
Canada’s grasslands are one of the most endangered ecosystems. To protect them from extinction responsible management guidelines must be in place. Action taken by the Chilcotin Ark Institute includes grass assessments to assess the biodiversity of the area.