The Southern Interior Bluebird Trail Society creates nesting habitat for cavity nesting birds with an emphasis on Mountain and Western Bluebirds. They educate the public to the plight of secondary cavity nesters due to human destruction of habitat and introduction of non-native bird species. Its’ members monitor and care for over 5,000 nest boxes throughout the province and have sponsored B.C.’s first Transcontinental Bluebird Trail; part of the North American Bluebird Society’s non-linear trail system.
As a membership-based land trust, TLC works to protect areas needed for natural communities to survive; conserving lands of scientific, historical, cultural, scenic, or compatible recreational value. Their mission is accomplished by assisting landowners to practice responsible stewardship and by facilitating voluntary land protection through the use of conservation covenants, land title ownerships, and long-term leases. Since 1997, TLC has raised over $14 million and protected over 85,000 acres in BC. TLC is the lead agency for the Stewardship Team of the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program.
The mission of TNC is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. They currently manage the largest system of private nature sanctuaries in the world. With the help of 1 million plus members and through community and business partnership, they have helped to protect more than 100 million acres worldwide.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization, working to protect the country’s valuable natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain. NCC is a private, non-profit group that partners with individuals, corporations, foundations, communities and governments to achieve the direct protection of ecologically significant land and water through property securement and long-term stewardship of our portfolio of lands. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.6 million acres of land (one million hectares) coast to coast.NCC has been engaged in the South Okanagan since the early 1970s, partnering to protect lands such as Skaha Bluffs, Twin Lakes Ranch, Osoyoos Oxbows and the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Project.
The Nature Trust of British Columbia conserves key areas of ecological significance in BC and encourages the private and public sectors to set aside these areas for conservation. The Nature Trust and its partners have invested more than $80 million to acquire and manage critical wildlife habitat throughout the province. Current holdings in the South Okanagan total approximately 3,000 hectares of private/leased land and 47,000 hectares of Crown range tenure, including areas around Vaseux Lake, White Lake, Skaha Lake and Kilpoola Lake. On the South Okanagan Biodiversity Ranching Project, TNTBC is exploring innovative ways to create ecological and economical sustainability within the beef cattle industry. Other ongoing projects include restoration of native grassland ecosystems following the Vaseux Lake wildfire, and the use of conservation youth crews to conduct a wide variety of land management activities. The Nature Trust leads the Securement Team of the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program.
The UBC Faculty of Agricultural Sciences has an academic focus is in the areas of land, food and community with an emphasis on food, nutrition and health, an ecological approach to agriculture (agroecology), community and environment, and global resource systems.
UBC Okanagan opened its doors in 2005, establishing a new university that is a highly interdisciplinary, research-intensive and intimate learning community in Kelowna, B.C.
The Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES) is a consortium of UBC Okanagan faculty members, students, collaborators, and partner organizations working together to advance research and teaching in conservation and ecology.
Our underlying motivation is to increase scientific understanding of ecological system, from the genetic to landscape scales, and to inform management and planning decisions that promote environmental sustainability.
Healthy living comes naturally in Keremeos. The Village is located in one of BC’s most productive farming valleys. The surrounding area has the highest concentration of organic farms in Canada and is known as the Organic Farming Capital of Canada. The air is so clear you can see the goats grazing high up on famous K Mountain. The wild Similkameen River shimmers under more than 2600 hours of annual sunlight. In the language of the Sylix People, Keremeos means “meeting of the four winds.” Keremeos is also the place where mountain tributaries rush down to meet the Similkameen River. Keremeos is where desert meets grassland, grassland meets forest and forest meets alpine tundra. It truly is a place of meeting. The Village of Keremeos is striving to heighten the environmental and conservation awareness in the area.
BC Nature is the umbrella organization for naturalists and other conservation-oriented clubs in the province. Its mandate, ” To know nature and keep it worth knowing”, focuses on conservation and natural-history education throughout BC. In cooperation with SOSCP Partners, and working through the three local clubs: the South Okanagan Naturalists, Oliver-Osoyoos Naturalists, and Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists; BC Nature acts to protect significant ecosystems in the South Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. These local clubs carry out a wide variety of public education projects including running numerous field trips for all ages, participating in the annual Meadowlark Festival and are active in supporting conservation of wildlife habitat.
The City of Penticton exists to enhance the quality of life for our citizens, visitors and future generations. We strive to live in harmony with each other and our environment and further our citizens’ economic, physical and social well being. “Working Together For You.”