Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
The Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society exists to assist residents of the Okanagan and Similkameen valley in management of wildlife habitat within their communities by:
1. Providing information to residents on native plants and wildlife, including potential wildlife conflicts.
2. Assisting with land management issues, such as invasive plants, grazing management and/or trespass.
3. Hosting community events and meetings, raising awareness of local conservation issues.
4. Providing technical assistance, materials and support for habitat enhancement and restoration projects wihtin our communities.
Our Story What We Do
The Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society began in 1994 as the South Okanagan-Similkameen Stewardship Program. Throughout the program's history, it has been sponsored by several non-profit organizations until it became a registered charity in 2013. OSSS was established to assist and support communities and land stewards in understanding and caring for natural environments throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. We achieve this by providing community stewardship groups and land stewards with information and technical support in voluntary stewardship, conservation and restoration of natural areas.
Our Programs How We Do It
COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVES: Support neighbourhoods in conserving and enhancing natural areas within their communities by engaging residents of all ages and backgrounds in stewardship, conservation and enhancement throughout the communities of the Okanagan and Similkameen.
HABITAT RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT: Assist residents and neighbourhoods in restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat. Projects include invasive plant management, bat and owl box installation, planting native plants, livestock exclusion fencing, snake barrier fencing and wetland construction.
OUTREACH: Providing information to communities and individual residents on native plants and wildlife, including potential wildlife conflicts.
WILDLIFE HABITAT STEWARDS: Support land stewards who are voluntarily setting aside natural areas for plants and wildlife. Currently, we are assisting 80 land stewards in management of over 3500 acres of wildlife habitat within our communities.
COLLABORATION: We are active members of the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program and Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program, with a collective membership of over 60 local government and non-government partners towards conservation of important habitats within our region. We coordinate our projects within these frameworks to ensure collaboration and best use of resources.
What You Can Do
Do you have wildlife habitat on your property?
- Consider becoming a Wildlife Habitat Steward. Find out how HERE