A very productive March!

The Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society has jumped into spring with a number of projects. 

So far this spring, we have removed 4415kg of garbage from an Osoyoos pond, including tires, rusted metal and bits of concrete. We also planted over 100 native trees and shrubs at the site!

Harker’s Organics pulled some invasive Siberian Elm out of their riparian corridor and set aside a portion of their field aside for native grassland species.  Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship planted over 400 trees, shrubs and grasses in these spaces that will provide habitat for grassland and wetland species.

Summerland Golf and Country Club joined us as a land steward last year after discovering endangered tiger salamanders in one of their water hazards. We worked together this spring to renaturalize an out-of-play area beside the pond and improve the salamander habitat. We recontoured one edge of the pond to create a marshy area and planted native grasses, shrubs and pond lilies to provide more cover for the salamanders while keeping things attractive for the golfers.

These projects were undertaken with funding support from the National Wetland Conservation Fund, Wildlife Habitat Canada, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program.