Action, Communication, Education
A Partnership of Organizations & GovernmentFocused on conservation issues in the Okanagan basin of British Columbia, Canada.
A Hub of Information & ResourcesHelping our community take action to improve environmental protection in the Okanagan.
- MaintainingRegional Biodiversity
- ProtectingSpecies at Risk
- BalancingGrowth & Conservation
- MaintainingEcological Connectivity
Okanagan Mountain-K’nmalka (Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park & Area) Wildlife Corridor
The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) and the OCCP have launched an Action Plan designed to maintain, protect and restore the 65 km-long ecological corridor between Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park and K’nmalka area. It is the last remaining connected low elevation route for wildlife movement on the east side of Okanagan Lake.
The Plan provides a set of 15 actions to connect and protect natural areas for tmixʷ (all living things) using the corridor. It centres Syilx principles, while also supporting stewardship efforts of farmers and ranchers, and providing education opportunities on the importance of habitat connectivity.
This plan is the first of its kind in the central Okanagan and aims to serve as a pilot program for protecting biodiversity across public and private lands for other regional, provincial, and corridor initiatives.
Newest ProjectConservation Planning Tool
It is increasingly important for local governments, Indigenous communities, and the province to have tools to better understand and monitor land changes. Land development has heavily impacted Okanagan Valley ecosystems and what remains is at risk of further fragmentation and loss.
New ProjectPlanning for Climate Change in the Thompson Okanagan
The OCCP and Thompson-Nicola Conservation Collaborative (TNCC) are working on a multi-year research project, the goal of which is to combine Indigenous ecological/cultural knowledge and western science to identify priority conservation areas for wetlands and grasslands and establish policy for their protection.
Projectkłusxnitkʷ (Okanagan Lake) Responsibility Planning Initiative
The kłusxnitkʷ (Okanagan Lake) Responsibility Planning Initiative (OKLRPI) was developed as a syilx-led response to the large-scale loss of natural areas reported in the Okanagan Lake Foreshore Inventory and Mapping (FIM) reports from 2005, 2009 and 2016.
Keeping Nature Connected
An ecological corridor connecting Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park to Kalamalka Lake will ensure the integrity of animal and plant populations.
A Resource for Okanagan Lakeshore Living
A Best Management Practices guide specifically developed to offer practical solutions on how to protect natural lakeshore areas.
Okanagan Biodiversity Strategy
An environmental policy framework that sets priorities for identifying, preserving and restoring important natural areas.