South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP)

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Founded: 2000

Partners: 50 partners including The Nature Trust, Environment Canada, BC Ministry of Environment, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Nature Conservancy of Canada, and The Land Conservancy.

Focus: to conserve South Okanagan and Similkameen grasslands, shrub-steppe, riparian and open pine forest habitats that are home to more than 20 rare, endangered or threatened species of plants and animals. These habitats also provide a critical corridor for the migratory species that move between the Great Basin desert of the western United States and the dry interior of British Columbia.

Background: this initiative followed earlier partnership-based efforts to protect the grasslands of the South Okanagan led by The Nature Trust that began in the 1970s. In the early years of The Nature Trust’s effort to secure land in the South Okanagan, the Board of Directors recognized the importance of shifting from acquisition of individual parcels to a more strategic landscape level approach to habitat conservation.


Pacific Estuary Conservation Program (PECP)

Founded: 1987

Partners: The Nature Trust, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the Canadian Wildlife Service, and several other partners.

Focus: acquired over 1,400 hectares of key habitat along the coast of British Columbia and initiated the conservation designation of another 25,000 hectares of adjacent inter-tidal Crown lands. This program has been successful in securing funding from the United States government and other international organizations to conserve estuarine sites critical to waterfowl dependent upon the Pacific Coast flyway.

Background: estuaries are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. In British Columbia, estuaries occupy only 3% of the coast, yet are used by over 80% of all coastal wildlife, including millions of migratory waterfowl. The Pacific Estuary Conservation Program and its affiliate, the Vancouver Island Wetlands Management Program, have been instrumental in conserving and managing key areas of coastal wetland habitat required by thousands of species of plants and animals.

Award: winner of the prestigious International Ramsar Conservation Award in 1999.

Vancouver Island Conservation Land Management Program

Partners: The Nature Trust, BC Ministry of Environment, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, and Canadian Wildlife Service.

Focus: protect, manage, and rehabilitate key estuarine, wetland, coastal headlands, and riparian habitats on Vancouver Island.

Background: involves the management of over 50 conservation areas – mostly coastal wetlands and estuaries owned by The Nature Trust and managed by the BC Ministry of Environment. Projects are implemented by the program’s Vancouver Island Conservation Land Manager through planning and funding support with our program partners.

Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP)

Founded: 2002

Partners: The Nature Trust and 74 conservation partners

Focus: coordinate and facilitate habitat conservation efforts, set conservation goals and objectives, and generate support and resources to maintain this effort in the Kootenay Region.

Background: since 1972, The Nature Trust and conservation partners have secured critical habitat throughout the Columbia Basin. Particular emphasis has been placed on securing areas of low elevation grasslands and pine forests that represent critical winter wildlife habitat. Significant areas of wetland habitat along the Columbia and St. Mary’s rivers have been secured to protect biodiversity and other key habitat values.

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