What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is the voluntary conservation and care of habitat and wildlife by land stewards and community groups.
Who we are
Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society is a non-profit, local, charitable organization (Reg # 84539 8775 RR0001). Building on a 19 year history of stewardship in the region, the SOS Stewardship Program formed an independent society in order to continue their work. In October 2013, OSSS was established to assist and support communities and land stewards in understanding and caring for natural environments throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. We achieve this by providing community stewardship groups and land stewards with information and technical support in voluntary stewardship, conservation and restoration of natural areas within our focal area.OSSS works in partnership with the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program, Okanagan CollaborativeConservation Program, Okanagan Wetland Strategy Leadership, governments, other non-profits, industry and other partners with shared visions in order to achieve our goals. We also work with communities, schools, and individual landowners to enhance habitat conservation as we believe that the more people in a community who are involved in the care and stewardship of these natural areas, the more shared investment there is in conservation.
SOS Stewardship grew to encompass other properties and geographic areas of significance and was awarded 2003’s Ministry of Environment’s Award for Excellence in Stewardship. Through the next decade, there was a further focus to include support for landowners and communities with respect to species and ecological communities at risk. In 2013, SOS Stewardship reformed as the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society or OSSS.
Where we work
The Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society supports stewardship of important habitats throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys of BC, including through the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, Regional District of Central Okanagan and Regional District of North Okanagan.The Okanagan-Similkameen is an incredibly unique region in Canada and includes one of the top four most endangered ecosystems across the nation. A disproportionately high number of Canada's species at risk occur in our region, most whose primary habitat is in areas where local residents live and recreate.
What we do
OSSS assists and supports land stewards and community stewardship groups in conservation, restoration and enhancement of wildlife habitat. Find out how we can help you here.
Why is stewardship so important to this region?
Stewardship is the conservation of natural wildlife habitat by individual landowners and community groups. Conserving and restoring natural areas offers personal satisfaction and is a lasting legacy for future generations. The Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society (OSSS) is here to support you in your stewardship efforts.