Cal and Louise Paley have helped plant nearly 1000 native plants and helped dig a 0.7 acre pond to enhance the beautiful riparian area behind their Vernon home.
Wildplay Elements Park is an aerial adventure park in the Joe Riche area of Kelowna. The facility operates on an approximately 20-hectare piece of land, over 15 hectares of which is stewarded.
When Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship was formed in 2013, we started out with thirteen stewards. Today, we have over eighty Wildlife Stewards caring for over 3550 acres of important wildlife habitats throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen.
Being a Wildlife Habitat Steward does not mean that you can’t “use” your property. Wildlife Habitat Stewards maintain their agricultural, tourism and other land use practices on their properties while implementing best management practices for wildlife.
Wildlife Habitat Stewards are voluntary caretakers of natural areas on their owned or managed properties. They drive stewardship, conservation and enhancement efforts on their properties and receive recognition, technical support in habitat enhancement projects, management plans and implementation of best management practices for wildlife on their own properties.
Join the Club! Become a Wildlife Habitat Steward
Becoming a Wildlife Habitat Steward is easy!
If you would like assistance or recognition for managing natural spaces for local wildlife on your property:
Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 250-809-4195 to arrange an on-site visit to introduce you to the program, answer questions, and do a preliminary assessment of the wildlife habitat values on your property.
If interested, we enter into a voluntary Stewardship Agreement. This is a signed written document describing natural areas on your property and your intent steward them for local wildlife. A sample agreement can be found on our website here.
We provide you with a gate post sign and, if you wish, we can promote our partnership with you publicly on our website and through media articles.
Once you become a Wildlife Habitat Steward, you will be eligible to receive assistance and support with habitat enhancement projects on your property such as native plant revegetation, livestock and trespass exclusion fencing, bat and bird boxes.
Gord Forbes and his brother Steve run their organic farm in Oliver and while also stewarding a 1-acre wetland pond area