Keeping Nature in Our Future

“Keeping Nature in Our Future“, a new report compiled by Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program, provides a good outline for conservation and biodiversity planning in the Okanagan region. It places a high value on the connection between habitat connectivity and local community well being. It discusses that water purification, fire control and lower soil erosion in […]

BC’s New Species at Risk Plan: A National Park for the South Okanagan-Similkameen

The BC government recently released a five-year plan for protecting Species at Risk (SAR) in British Columbia, acknowledging the need to better protect BC, Canada’s most biodiverse province. According to Minister of Environment Mary Polak, this plan “provides a clear and certain path forward for BC to show leadership in conservation of SAR”. While it’s […]

A UNESCO World Heritage Site for the South Okanagan-Similkameen

A UNESCO World Heritage site in the South Okanagan-Similkameen?  “Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations” – UNESCO World Heritage Center, 2014 Creating a national park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen will bring greater local economic prosperity and legal protection to many threatened species. […]

Come out to the Cherry Fiesta on Canada Day to Hear More about Our Vision for National Park

We will have an information booth set up where we will be sharing new information on our process. We will also be explaining how the establishment of a national park is the first step towards new and exciting things for the community, such as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See you there! More event details here.

Historic 30 Acre Property of Antelope Brush Conserved

For Immediate Release PENTICTON, B.C.—June 18, 2014–The Nature Trust of British Columbia is delighted to announce the acquisition of a 12.32 hectare (30.4 acre) property in the Okanagan, at the south end of Vaseux Lake, between Okanagan Falls and Oliver. This acquisition and the adjacent Antelope-brush Conservation Area, which is also owned by The Nature […]

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Meadowlark Kilpoola IBA tour

An event at the Meadowlark Festival took over 20 people up to a breathtaking area within the proposed national park area: the Kilpoola Site within the South Okanagan Grasslands Provincial Protected Area. This region is within the proposed national park boundary. Doreen Olson, spokesperson for the South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Network, lead the tour. Jay Kehne, from […]

New Survey Results Show Support

Last week, the South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Network carried out a local survey, where 152 locals were asked questions about what they think about a national park.  Here are the supportive results (the dots indicate the person agrees with the statement):

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First Nations Release Feasibility Assessment

On February 26th, 2013 the Okanagan Nation Alliance released a report, ‘Building a Syilx Vision for Protection’, which deemed the South Okanagan-Similkameen national park as feasible to move ahead to the next phase of negotiations. Read ‘Building a Syilx Vision for Protection’ here.

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Despite Public Support, BC still Saying “No” to National Park Reserve in South Okanagan-Similkameen

By Chloe O’Loughlin, Director of Terrestrial Conservation, CPAWS-BC Last week, the province of British Columbia quietly posted the results of an 8-year feasibility study for the creation of a national park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. The federal-provincial study cost millions of tax payer dollars, and even though it was completed back in December 2010, it wasn’t until […]

Feasibility Study Supports National Park Reserve in South Okanagan-Similkameen

For Immediate release: Feasibility study supports the establishment of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen Vancouver – The Province of B.C. is set to release the results of an 8-year study that concludes a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen should be established.  The Province worked in partnership with the Government of Canada […]