Working together to Keep Nature in our Future.

South Okanagan-Similkameen
Conservation Program

Biodiversity Resources for Planners and Professionals

Biodiversity Data is already at work in the community

Up-to-date habitat mapping is needed by local governments who wish to designate areas needing additional protection. Even before the Phase one maps were complete, spatial data was shared with several local governments planning departments. Biodiversity map data was used in Oliver, Keremeos, and Summerland by the shared environmental planner to help delineate Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit Areas for the three municipalities. Map data was also used to help complete the document “The Natural Environment and Biodiversity of the Similkameen Valley” for the Similkameen Valley Planning Society.

Shapefile format maps (requires Arcview)

Conservation Ranking: shows the relative importance and sensitivity of various ecosystems. Four conservation rankings from very high to low are shown on the map.

Relative Biodiversity: identifies areas of greatest ecological and biodiversity significance from low to very high biodiversity.

Land Management classes: shows land management and ownership divided into conservation areas, public resource land, dedicated open space, agriculture and Crown leases, private land, and Indian Reserves.

Habitat Connectivity: shows the degree to which different habitats are linked to form interconnecting networks.

Background Methodology Report
View the report on the methods used to conduct the biodiversity conservation analysis and produce the maps.

Biodiversity Methods Report.

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