Last fall, Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship supported several community conservation projects. In Penticton, at Riverside Marsh (below), we partnered with TD Tree Days and the City of Penticton to plant continue improving habitat for local birds and other wildlife. Over ninety volunteers from Penticton and the surrounding area dug in to plant over a thousand trees, shrubs and grasses in phase 2 of the Riverside Marsh enhancement project.
Similarly, in Osoyoos, the Sonora Gardens Homeowners Association (right), with matching funds from the Community Foundation of South Okanagan | Similkameen’s neighbourhood grant partnered with Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship to enhance the buffer of their pond by planting over 300 native plants. This pond and surrounding upland habitat is home to Western Painted Turtles, Tiger Salamanders, mallards, a healthy bat population, and many other wildlife species.