MEET OUR STEWARDS
Wildlife Habitat Stewards are voluntary caretakers of important wildlife habitats on their owned or managed properties. They drive stewardship, conservation and enhancement efforts on their properties. Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship partners with Wildlife Stewards and provides them with recognition, technical support in habitat enhancement projects, management plans, and assistance with implementation of best management practices for wildlife on their properties.
Being a Wildlife Habitat Steward does not mean you can't "use" your land. Wildlife Habitat Stewards still maintain their agricultural, tourism and other land use practices on their properties while implementing best management practices for wildlife.
Currently, owners of over 100 private properties in the Okanagan and Similkameen have become Wildlife Habitat Stewards and they care for over 5400 acres of habitat through their partnership with OSS.
BECOME A STEWARD
Do you want assistance managing natural spaces for local wildlife on your property?
1. Contact us to arrange an on-site visit to introduce you to the program, answer questions and do a preliminary assessment of the wildlife habitat on your property.
2. If interested, we enter into a voluntary Stewardship Agreement. This is a signed written document describing natural areas on your property and your intent to steward them for local wildlife.
3. 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 have become a Wildlife Habitat Steward, you will be eligible to receive assistance and support with habitat enhancement projects on your property (native plant re-vegetation, livestock exclusion fencing, ATV exclusion fencing, bat and bird boxes).