Who We Are

The Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (OCCP) is a partnership of organizations and government with shared goals, which include maintaining regional biodiversity, protecting Species at Risk, maintaining ecological connectivity throughout the Okanagan Basin, and balancing regional growth with conservation.

Partners in the OCCP include all levels of government (Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), BC Ministry of Environment (BC MOE), regional districts, and municipalities), land trusts, stewardship and outreach organizations.

Background

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The OCCP is a collaboration of conservation oriented organizations working together, sharing information and carrying out research to fill knowledge gaps, and set priorities on conservation issues in the Okanagan basin of British Columbia, Canada.  Its purpose is to facilitate, communicate and educate, not lobby or advocate.

OCCP partners have each signed a Statement of Cooperation, outlining their shared concern for local biodiversity and commitment to work together toward conservation objectives.

 

The OCCP website is referred to as the OKCP, which stands for Okanagan Conservation Planning.  More info on the OKCP.  For links to our partners and their contact information click here.

OCCP Organizational Structure

OCCP Coordinator: Carol Luttmer

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The key bodies and positions of the OCCP, depicted in the figure below, include:

1. Steering Committee – Guides the successful implementation of the OCCP by ensuring organizational functions, facilitating interaction and communication between members, and providing strategic direction.

2. Action Teams – Formed of, and by, the partners and wider community, to respond to an identified need, implement a focused action plan, and when the objective is accomplished, dissolve.

3. Coordinator – The coordinator manages the OCCP's day-to-day function by liaising between members, improving communication, organizing information and resources for members, and working with other contractors and volunteers to deliver commitments and services for the community.

The membership, roles and responsibilities of each body and position, in addition to general partnering organizations are the subject of this section.

 

Strategic Directions

Vision

The Okanagan landscape sustains biological diversity and ecological processes, while supporting a sustainable community for many generations.

Mandate

To coordinate and facilitate conservation and stewardship efforts on public and private lands, set conservation and stewardship goals and objectives, and generate the support and resources needed to maintain this effort.

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Steering Committee Members 2014

Member Organization E-mail
Carol Luttmer  OCCP Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carolina Restrepo

BRAES, UBC-O

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Arthur Green Okanagan College This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Aaron Deans Allan Brooks Nature Centre  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Rob Miles City of Vernon  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Laura Frank Regional District of North Okanagan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Margaret Bakelaar Regional District of Central Okanagan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     

 

If you need any information about any of our current projects please click here to be redirected to our Projects page.

Partner Representatives

Allan Brooks Nature Centre Aaron Deans Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.abnc.ca
BC Ministry of Environment Brian Robertson Ecosystems Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/
Central Okanagan Land Trust Kurt Zander Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.coltrust.ca
Central Okanagan
Naturalists Club
Don W. Guild President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.okanagannature.org
City of Kelowna Todd Cashin Environment and Lands Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.kelowna.ca
City of Vernon Brooke Marshall Environmental Planner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.vernon.ca
  Ann Klein-Morgenstern Planning Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Community
Mapping Network
Brad Mason Director, Community Mapping Network This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.cmnbc.ca
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada Brad Mason Director, Community Mapping Network This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
District of Coldstream Michelle Austin Planning Technician This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.districtofcoldstream.ca
Ducks Unlimited of Canada Bruce Harrison Head, Intermountain Conservation Programs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> www.ducks.ca
Grasslands Conservation
Council
Amber Cowie   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.bcgrasslands.org
Land Trust Alliance
of BC
Bill Wagner Member This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.landtrustalliance.bc.ca
North Okanagan Naturalists Club Harold Sellers   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.nonc.ca
North Okanagan Parks & Natural Area Trust Bill Wagner Co-Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.nopnat.com
Okanagan Basin
Water Board
Anna Warwick Sears Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> www.obwb.ca
  Corinne Jackson Communications Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Okanagan College Arthur Green Professor (Geography) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">  www.okanagan.bc.ca
Okanagan Partnership Brad Clements Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> www.okanaganpartnership.ca
Outdoor Discoveries Roseanne Van Ee Naturalist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> www.outdoordiscoveries.com
Regional District of the Central Okanagan Margaret
Bakelaar
Environmental Planner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.cord.bc.ca
Regional District of the North Okanagan Anna Page Sustainability Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.rdno.ca
Sciences Opportunities for Kids Jennifer French Program Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.soks.ca
Sustainable Environmental Network Society Julia Lissau Treasurer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.sensociety.org
South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program Bryn White Program Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> www.soscp.org
The Land
Conservancy of BC
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.conservancy.bc.ca
The Nature
Conservancy
Canada, BC Region
Barbara Pryce Okanagan Program Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.natureconservancy.ca
District of Lake Country Carie Liefke Planner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.lakecountry.bc.ca
District of West Kelowna Brent Magnan Environmental Planner brent.magnan@districtofwestkelowna.cThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">a www.districtofwestkelowna.ca
Village of Lumby     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> www.lumby.ca
Environment Canada Lucy Reiss   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
         
District of Peachland  Paul Dupuis

Planning Technician

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Bishop Sanctuary of Coldstream Aaron Deans Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.bishopwildbirdsancturary.org
Society for the
protection of
Kalamalka Lake
Christine Cookson/Trina Koch   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://www.spkl.ca/Home_.html
UBCO Lake Magazine Nancy Holmes Associate Professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> www.lakejournal.ca
UBCO Centre for
Social, Spatial &
Econocmic Justice
Jon Corbett Associate Professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/cssej/welcome.html
Vernon in Transition Bill Darnell   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://www.transitionnetwork.org/

Associates

Organization Name Position E-mail Website

Water Sustainability Action Plan for BC

Kim Stephens

Program Coordinator

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Pacific Salmon Foundation

Brian Riddell

President & CEO

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www.psf.ca

Partners In Flight/Canadian Wildlife Service

Tanya Luszcz

BC/Yukon/Great Basin Program Manager

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www.pifbcyukon.org

Oceola Fish and Game Club    

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Ophiucus Consulting Allison Haney R.P.Bio

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Green Party of Canada Huguette Allen Okanagan Shuswap

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www.okshuswapgreens.ca

Royal British Columbia Museum Robert Cannings Curator of Entemology

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www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Artemis Wildlife Consultants Helen Davis and Richard Weir Wildlife Biologists

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www.artemiswildlife.com

FORREX Don Gayton Specialist, Grassland and Forest Ecology

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www.forrex.org

Environment Canada/Canadian Wildlife Service Jan Kirkby Landscape Ecologist

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www.ec.gc.ca

Simon Fraser University Department of Earth Sciences Diana M. Allen Professor

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www.sfu.ca/earth-sciences

Iverson & Mackenzie Biological Consulting Kristi Iverson R.P.Bio

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OCCP Support Us

To support our collaborative function, please contact the Program Coordinator Carol Luttmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For in cash contributions, one of our partners, Allan Brooks Nature Center will receive it in our behalf. Please contact our Coordinator who will give you directions for this procedure.

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