From September through November 2017, The Nature Trust of BC hosted a number of Okanagan planting events with naturalist clubs and other volunteers.Thanks to volunteers and funders, over 1,100 trees, shrubs and grasses were planted on Okanagan properties.
In September we worked with the North Okanagan Naturalist Club on our Swan Lake property near Vernon to plant 300 native trees and shrubs with support from EcoAction Community Funding. With the assistance of Guy, owner of Canadian Airboats Limited, we were able to water the planting area with heavy duty machinery, helping to ensure that the plants will take root.
The Oliver-Osoyoos Naturalists’ Club helped on our Vaseux Lake complex with support from EcoAction Community Funding. This complex spans 483 hectares (1,193 acres) and features grasslands, ponderosa pine and riparian area along Vaseux Lake which provide important habitat for bighorn sheep and other species.
The Christopher family with participants of all ages spent a day in October planting trees and shrubs on the Vaseux Lake complex. The Valley Discovery Learning Community helped plant more trees and shrubs on the same complex in October. Both events were support by EcoAction Community Funding.
The final fall planting took place on our 192 hectare (474 acre) Grand Forks in November with support from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.
These events were very successful and The Nature Trust of BC Okanagan Conservation Land Coordinator Nick Burdock and Conservation Field Technician Sammy Penner appreciate the time and effort the volunteers provided, as well as the funding that made it all possible!