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.

The En’Owkin centre in Penticton is a multi-faceted educational institution serving the Okanagan Nation Member Reserves locally, regionally, and nationally. In its’ capacity as an educational centre, it undertakes the process of recovering and reinstituting traditional indigenous practices. Their new Indigenous Keepers Program engages two areas: creating linkages with local environmental organizations through a series of workshops; and developing a conservation strategy for the endangered riparian area surrounding the centre. The En’Owkin centre leads the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Team of the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program.

Environment Canada’s mandate is to conserve and enhance the quality of the natural environment, including water, air and soil quality; to conserve Canada’s renewable resources including migratory birds and other non-domestic flora and fauna; to conserve and protect Canada’s water resources; to enforce the rules made by the Canada-U.S. International Joint Commission related to boundary waters; and to coordinate environmental policies and programs for the federal government. The Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), a part of Environment Canada, is responsible for the conservation of migratory birds, species at risk and biodiversity. The Canadian Wildlife Service, Pacific and Yukon Region is one of the key partners in the SOSCP and has contributed to the development of the program, its planning and coordination, and to its science base and in providing scientific expertise on projects. In addition, the Government of Canada has contributed substantial funding to all SOSCP Teams for Stewardship efforts related to the conservation and protection of species at risk under the Habitat Stewardship Program – a component of the Federal Governments strategy on species at risk.

The GCC is a strategic alliance of organizations and individuals including government, ranchers, range managers, agrologists, grassland ecologists, First Nations and environmental groups dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of BC’s grasslands. The main role of the Council is to raise awareness about grasslands and to promote grassland stewardship and sustainable use. The group works on issues such as wildlife at risk, ATV impacts on grasslands, weed control, and the loss of grasslands to development.

The HCTF funds projects in BC that benefit fish, wildlife and habitat. Hunters, anglers, trappers and guide-outfitters contribute to the trust funds’ enhancement and education projects through license surcharges. HCTF has provided nearly $3 million for conservation projects in the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program area in the past five years and will continue to support this region.

A Land Trust is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to the long-term protection of natural and/or cultural heritage. A land trust may own land itself, or it may enter into conservation covenants with property owners to protect or restore natural or heritage features on the owner’s land. Since our founding in 1997 almost ten years ago, the Land Trust Alliance of BC has welcomed more than 86 members to its provincial fold.

RC&D is an exciting partnership between the Federal government and a local nonprofit organization led by local community leaders. The Council is a membership-based nonprofit entity that is established and run by volunteers to carry out the mission of the RC&D. The mission of the NCW RC&D is to be a grassroots organization, facilitating and fostering cooperation, local leadership, and concern for the environment in such a way that the overall economic health and quality of life in the tri-county region will be served.

Various faculty members in Biology, Water Quality Technology and Chemistry are doing local research on water and air quality issues, paleoecology, recreational impacts, and forest ecosystems in the Okanagan. OC will be working towards achieving a cooperative effort between its faculty and SOSCP partner organizations.