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South Okanagan-Similkameen
Conservation Program

Critical Information for Qualified Environmental Professionals Undertaking Environmental Assessments in the South Okanagan Similkameen

SOSCP has collated the following list of resources in support of land planning and high quality Environmental Assessments related to Development Permits. Information is sorted by topic:

  • Mapping and Data
  • Legislation, Policy and Best Management Practices
  • References, Unpublished Reports and Other Important Information
  • Community Specific Resources

Policy Advice Regarding Interpretation of Occurrence and Attribute-based Critical Habitat

The following is referenced in the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) Development Procedures Bylaw (found here go to pg 28), and is provided in support of quality Environmental Assessments throughout the Okanagan.

Occurrence-based Critical Habitat: Critical Habitat for the species listed below are based on known, recent occurrences (or occupied habitat). As directed in the development procedures bylaw, Critical Habitat for them would be considered ESA-1.

  • Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus)
  • Branched Phacelia (Phacelia ramosissima)
  • Scarlet Ammannia (Ammannia robusta)
  • Toothcup (Rotala romosior)
  • Grand Coulee Owl-clover (Orthocarpus barbatus)
  • Short-rayed Alkali Aster (Symphyotrichum frondosum)
  • Yellow Breasted Chat (Icteria virens aurocollis)

Attribute-based Critical Habitat: Critical Habitat for the species listed below are based on habitat attributes. As directed in the development procedures bylaw, Critical Habitat for these species would be considered ESA-2. In circumstances where Critical Habitat includes known, recent occurrence(s) (or occupied habitat), the QEP should consider if an ESA-1 rating is required to protect habitat and prevent destruction of Critical Habitat, consistent with requirements in the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). Other considerations may also result in an ESA-1 designation within areas of Critical Habitat for the species listed below. For example, where Critical Habitat areas also contain locally or provincially significant ecosystems, uncommon and other important to rare wildlife species.

  • Half Moon Hairstreak (Satyrium semiluna)
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)
  • Behr’s Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii)
  • Williamson’s Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus)
  • Spadefoot Toad (Spea intermontana)

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