Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance
OSCA has been delivering species recovery outreach and extension for more than fifteen years, through strong working relationships with other non-government organizations, local governments and agricultural industry groups. OSCA is well-known for offering seminars and field workshops on species at risk for the viticulture and orchard industries, municipal public works and park staff. Over many years, OSCA and project partners, have developed multi-lingual printed material about wildlife management targeted to landowners and outside workers who encounter sensitive species at risk.
The Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance is working to reduce the impacts that everyday work activities have on important wildlife in the South Okanagan. In the Okanagan, habitat loss and degradation associated with urban development, agriculture and recreation have contributed to many species and ecosystems becoming at risk. OSCA seeks to protect at-risk ecosystems and species in the South Okanagan by providing education on best management practices.
The ‘Managing At-Risk Wildlife at Work and Play’ coordinates and deliver outreach to address some of the most important elements of conservation in the region.
The project was approved by the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen Board and $ 8000 was allocated from the South Okanagan Conservation Fund in 2020. The South Okanagan Conservation Fund dollars match funding from other sources as well as in-kind contributions. The project is expected to complete by January 31 2021.