Our program is pleased to welcome Peter Waterman as the program liaison, and we look forward to working with Summerland on their sustainability objectives.

Ron Casorso will represent the Observatory with the program. DRAO looks forward to a continuation of our joint work on the White Lake Technical Working Group and to other activities related to stewardship of the large area that they control in the White Lake Basin.

The Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (OCCP) is a new initiative that was started in response to the rapid growth and development of the North and Central Okanagan. The OCCP began in May 2006, with many partners coming together to help shape the future of this portion of the Okanagan Valley.

Oliver received a 2007 Green City Award for its initiatives, including an effective water management system that reclaims 100 per cent of wastewater and uses it for agricultural purposes.

The town of Osoyoos boasts many of the “good things in life” -award winning wine, a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables, a healthy, active lifestyle and a great climate. World class attractions include a unique ecology and diversity of places to stay, making Osoyoos a “must see” in British Columbia. The warmth of the people reflects the warmth of the weather.

SILT (formerly Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Fund Society) is a volunteer-run organization that was formed to purchase critical habitat for wildlife and to promote the preservation of lands for habitat, wildlife, and for the benefit of all people. The Society has been instrumental in the purchase of riparian areas and other properties containing critical habitat in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Boundary regions. They have also been involved in local projects such as sheep habitat enhancement and kokanee spawning habitat conservation.

The volunteer run OSPS has been an advocate for protection of special areas and species since 1965. The society encourages better forestry practices and has been instrumental in acquiring land for Okanagan Mountain Park and Cathedral Lakes Park. OSPS has helped to preserve historical trails such as Hudson’s Bay Fur Brigade trail and the Kettle Valley Railroad. As well, this group has assisted in obtaining the Haynes Ecological Reserve and winter range near Vaseux Lake for California Bighorn Sheep.

Green Earth Movement or “GEM” is an environmental club from Penticton High School with a penchant for raising awareness and making green things happen . Their motto is “Earth is our GEM. Treasure it”.

Ducks Unlimited Canada is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to conserving wetlands and associated uplands for the benefit of North America’s waterfowl, other wildlife and people. This is accomplished through cooperation with other organizations, landowners and stakeholders. To date, the DUC has invested nearly $80 million in BC to secure, restore and preserve more than 150,000 hectares of vital wetland landscape habitat. Ducks Unlimited leads the Land Use Planning Team of the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program.