WHAT IS STEWARDSHIP?
Stewardship is the voluntary conservation and care for fish and wildlife habitat by local landowners and community groups.
Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship is a grassroots environmental non-profit that exists to promote voluntary conservation, stewardship and enhancement of important habitats on private lands and within the communities of the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. We work on a landscape-based, multi-species approach throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys, helping landowners conserve and steward properties in a way that supports wildlife and land practices on their properties.
WHAT WE DO
Provide assistance and support to landowners as stewards in conservation, restoration and enhancement of wildlife habitats on their properties while maintaining other land use practices such as agriculture and eco-tourism.
Provide information, assistance and advice about local species and spaces including tailored habitat assessments prepared by our local biologists.
Develop best management practices and management plans for coexisting with wildlife on your property.
Develop and lead habitat enhancement projects, such as native plant enhancement, exclusion fencing along shorelines, and invasive plant management.
Work cooperatively and collaboratively in the delivery of our projects and activities.
MEET OUR TEAM
WHERE WE WORK
OSS works in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys, primarily on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan people, throughout the Regional Districts of Okanagan Similkameen, Central Okanagan and North Okanagan. This region is an exceptional place, known for its spectacular landscapes, iconic wildlife, amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, world-class wines and diverse agricultural products. The region is also home to some of the greatest concentrations of species diversity and species at risk in Canada and is one of Canada's most endangered natural systems.
A CASE FOR STEWARDSHIP