The South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP) is a Partnership of 50 non-profit, government, and First Nations organizations that have been working together since the year 2000 to conserve nature. SOSCP provides a coordinating forum for the partners to help improve the effectiveness of their conservation efforts.

SOSCP worked alongside local and regional government partners to establish the South Okanagan Conservation Fund in 2016, to enable communities to achieve local environmental sustainability needs.

SOSCP partners make significant investments in the quality of life in our communities each year:

  • We help landowners care for nature on their lands.
  • We secure and restore important natural areas.
  • We work with Traditional Ecological Knowledge Keepers.
  • We use science to inform decisions, management actions, and conservation priorities.
  • We provide sustainable land use information and resources to decision makers.
  • We engage the community in learning about, and experiencing nature.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Board is composed of appointed Municipal and elected Electoral Area Directors which promotes co-ordination between the activities of the individual municipalities and the rural areas of the region. We envision the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen as a steward of our environment, sustaining a diverse and livable region that offers a high quality of life through good governance. Our mission is to initiate and implement policies which preserve and enhance the quality of life and serve the broader public interest in an effective, equitable, environmental and fiscally responsible manner.

The South Okanagan Conservation Fund is a sub-regional service that is a collaboration between the RDOS and participating municipalities. RDOS is responsible for approval of all matters relating to the Fund including projects, payments and financial audits.

We love the abundance of natural places and the opportunity to contribute to something that will last a lifetime.


Hillary Ward and Eric Newton, with baby Emily
Okanagan Biologists and new parents


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