The Okanagan’s unique ecosystems and wildlife habitats boast a special opportunity to preserve nature in one of the most biodiverse hotspots in BC. The Sierra Okanagan local group was established in August 2012, and since then has worked to preserve nature in the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen.
Our group vision is to see the Okanagan as an example of humans and nature living in balance, with watersheds intact and healthy, and all waterways restored to as close a natural state as possible. This includes preserving all remaining natural areas in and around our communities, inclusive of wetlands, grasslands and forests.
Our mission is to see communities have means of connecting with nature, through a network of human and nature parks and protected areas with connective corridors throughout the region. Where we can, we encourage and support places where humans and nature can co-exist, such as well-managed large free range ranches, sustainable forestry operations and eco-tourism activities.
During the fall of 2016, we partnered with high school students from the Students Without Borders Academy to research natural systems and their significance in the greater Vernon area. Not only was this an exciting opportunity for students to learn the importance of niche species that live in this area, it encouraged them become informed about how modern development has altered the natural world and to decide what kind of future they want for our planet. Sierra Okanagan and the SWBA will report findings and make policy recommendations for local, provincial and federal governments.
We are inviting anyone who is passionate about bringing the Okanagan into greater balance with nature to join us and become a member. We are also recruiting for a volunteer co-chair, event organizer and fundraiser. If you are interested, please contact Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org.