Working together to Keep Nature in our Future.

South Okanagan-Similkameen
Conservation Program

Primer Reports

Local Government Conservation Opportunity Maps and Primers

An information package and map has been prepared for each municipality and rural area in the Regional District South Okanagan-Similkameen. The “Primers” provide details about the location of sensitive ecosystems and recommendations for conservation and restoration of natural areas
Each map contains two insets:

  • Conservation rankings with the location of existing conservation lands, dedicated open space, Agricultural Land Reserve, and Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit Areas; and
  • Habitat connectivity, known California bighorn sheep movement corridors, and locations of cultivated fields, orchards, vineyards, and rural areas.

The primers can provide elected officials, planners and planning committees with information to help factor in environmental considerations to decisions on urban and rural development, park planning, and industrial zones. The maps could be used by communities to further identify valued recreation areas and green spaces.

The vision of SOSCP is to maintain a healthy environment that sustains the diversity of indigenous plants and animals while enriching people’s lives. The six broad strategic objectives that guide SOSCP activities are:

SOSCP recognizes that decisions, policies and practices are important to ecological conservation and works to provide the tools and guidance needed to make sustainable planning choices.

Sustainable Land Use Planning

Supporting the acquisition of key habitats includes purchases, covenants or donations of private land, often in conjunction with enhanced protection of Crown lands. Securement activities include restoration, care, and management of these important areas.

Securing Key Habitats

SOSCP promotes stewardship activities and encourages landowners to protect biodiversity, enhance habitat for plants and wildlife, and manage lands sustainably.

Enhancing Stewardship on Public and Private Land

Involving communities in conservation is essential. SOSCP support professional development workshops, school programs, festivals and outdoor seminars that foster a love and understanding of our natural environment.

Expanding Community Involvement

SOSCP is committed to using a science-based approach to guide actions and decision-making, and to promote and facilitate further scientific research for species and ecosystems at risk.

Applying a Science-Based Approach

The En'owkin Centre continues its work to recover, revitalize and perpetuate Syilx Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) so it can be applied throughout traditional Syilx territory.

Applying Traditional Ecological Knowledge

South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program