Agricultural Land Use Inventories

Agricultural Land Use Inventories (ALUI) collect consistent, credible, and comprehensive data about land use and land cover on agricultural land. ALUIs describe how B.C.’s agricultural land is being used and includes details on crop type, irrigation, livestock, and land use and non-farm uses in the Agricultural Land Reserve. 

This information can assist with agricultural planning including promoting agricultural development and handling issues important to strengthening farming. The ALUI provides baseline information that can be used to track trends in agricultural land use and to measure changes over time. It also quantifies the amount of land currently used for farming and the amount of land that may have potential for farming expansion. ALUI data can be used for many purposes including strategic planning at the local, regional, and provincial level, informing emergency response, and supporting research initiatives.

B.C's Agricultural Land Use Inventory Program

 

A series of reference documents are available about the different stages of the ALUI:

  • AgFocus: Field Guide (PDF, 2.1 MB) – contains land cover and land use classifications that form the basis of the ALUI
  • AgFocus: Surveyor Guide (PDF, 2.0 MB) – describes the survey method, the data model, and the data entry system
  • AgFocus: GIS Guide (PDF, 1.8 MB) – describes the geographic information systems (GIS) tools and practices used to prepare for an ALUI