Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society is a non-profit, local, charitable organization that assists land owners, managers and community groups in voluntary conservation of important habitats on private lands and within communities of the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys.

We work collaboratively, in partnership with many stakeholders, including private landowners, communities, schools, government, non-profits, industry and partners with shared visions in order to achieve our goals.

All work completed with OSS is done so confidentially and information is only shared with the expressed consent of the landowner.

BCCF is dedicated to the conservation, enhancement and restoration of fisheries, wildlife and forestry resources. The organization provides project management services to other organizations to administer, implement and deliver conservation projects. BCCF supports training and employment opportunities for first nations, students and displaced forestry and fisheries workers on conservation projects. Through the Habitat Sustainability Fund, the foundation has provided money to help purchase several properties including some near Vaseux Lake in the South Okanagan.

The BCLSS promotes stewardship, understanding and comprehensive management of lakes, reservoirs and watersheds. They act as a communication and information distribution network between public lake interest groups, government and industry. Through organizing projects, educating the public, and building resources and tools BCLSS hopes to assist in the preservation of BC’s water resources. Locally, they have been working together with landowners to restore lakeshore habitat.

BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands

The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands provides provincial leadership to achieve sustainable development of the province’s land, water, and resources while maintaining environmental, economic and social values. This Ministry’s goals are 1) to contribute to the objective of stimulating resource based economic development; 2)to enhance sustainable economic development through land and resource plans; 3)to deliver integrated land and resource information to clients in an efficient and effective manner and; 4) to contribute to the environmental, social and economic well-being of the people of BC through the sustainable management and development of Crown land and water.

BC Ministry of Environment

The ministry’s vision is a clean, healthy and naturally diverse environment that enriches people’s lives, now and in the future. The ministry helps British Columbians limit the adverse effects of their individual and collective activities on the environment. The ministry works to protect human health and safety by ensuring clean and safe water, land and air; to maintain and restore the natural diversity of ecosystems, and fish and wildlife species and their habitat; and to provide park and wildlife recreation services and opportunities to British Columbians and visitors.

BC Ministry of Natural Resource Operations

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations was created in March 2011 to deliver integrated land management services for British Columbians. It is the main agency responsible for establishing the policy and conditions for access to and use of the province‟s forest, land and natural resources. The merger of Natural Resource Operations with Forests and Land integrates policy with operational resource management.

The Okanagan Region of the BC Wildlife Federation is the organization that brings together 19 volunteer Conservation/Fish & Game clubs in the Okanagan Region. These clubs are the original “hands on” grassroots conservationists that developed the Conservation Ethic.

The Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC was incorporated in 2000 and became a registered charity in 2001. Two major goals are: To establish and maintain stewardship programs for the conservation and enhancement of burrowing owl populations and their habitats in BC To raise funds to support program activities, including the work of breeding facilities, field monitoring and conservation studies for the burrowing owl program in BC. The Society also operates one facility for captive raised Burrowing Owls in BC. The San Rafael Aviary is located in Langley, BC, producing owls for release to locations in southern BC.

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – BC Chapter is a registered non-profit society that works to preserve wilderness and maintain the ecological integrity of parks throughout British Columbia. The Chapter plays a key role in establishing new protected areas and in improving the management of existing parks. As a lead member of the Grasslands Conservation Council of BC, CPAWS-BC monitors existing intact grassland to ensure they are managed to protect their ecological integrity. CPAWS also supports the conservation of interior grasslands and is spearheading efforts to establish an Interior Grasslands National Park.

Conservation Northwest connects and protects old growth and other wild areas from the Washington Coast to the BC Rockies, to benefit people and wildlife. Since 1989 they have protected hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat: from the big tree forests south of Mount Rainier to forest critical to lynx in the Loomis east of North Cascades National Park. For 20 years, they have protected and connected hundreds of thousands of acres in Washington and BC. Smart and strategic, Conservation Northwest collaborate with local communities, build science-based solutions, and lead innovative partnerships.

This Departments’ mission is to work toward safe, healthy productive waters and aquatic ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations by maintaining the highest possible standards of service to Canadians. DFO is responsible for policies and programs in support of Canada’s economic, ecological and scientific interests in oceans and inland waters; for the conservation and sustainable utilization of Canada’s fisheries resources in marine and inland waters; for leading and facilitating federal policies on oceans; and for safe effective environmentally sound marine services responsive to Canadians in a global economy.

Destination Osoyoos has established a mission to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of the Osoyoos area through the pursuit of a diversified and sustainable economic base, founded on entrepreneurial growth, to encourage a thriving, successful economy, that enables the area to reach its full potential.