The Nature Trust of British Columbia conserves key areas of ecological significance in BC and encourages the private and public sectors to set aside these areas for conservation. The Nature Trust and its partners have invested more than $80 million to acquire and manage critical wildlife habitat throughout the province. Current holdings in the South Okanagan total approximately 3,000 hectares of private/leased land and 47,000 hectares of Crown range tenure, including areas around Vaseux Lake, White Lake, Skaha Lake and Kilpoola Lake. On the South Okanagan Biodiversity Ranching Project, TNTBC is exploring innovative ways to create ecological and economical sustainability within the beef cattle industry. Other ongoing projects include restoration of native grassland ecosystems following the Vaseux Lake wildfire, and the use of conservation youth crews to conduct a wide variety of land management activities. The Nature Trust leads the Securement Team of the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program.