What was this engagement about?
Okanagan residents were encouraged to share their views on two Wildlife Management Area proposals for their region at two open houses.
The first proposal would add several parcels of land to the existing South Okanagan Wildlife Management Area near the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos. The proposed additions will conserve riparian and upland habitat for important wildlife, including several species at risk, including the Behr’s Hairstreak butterfly and the Lewis’ woodpecker.
The second proposal was to establish the McTaggart-Cowan Wildlife Management Area on the east side of Skaha Lake immediately east of Penticton. It neighbours the newly established Skaha Bluffs Park. The designation of this proposed wildlife management area is important for protecting species at risk and their habitats in the South Okanagan, most notably lambing areas and foraging areas for California Bighorn Sheep.
How can my contribution make a difference?
By attending an open house and sharing their views, citizens helped to guide the parks management planning process and ensured that the public’s perspectives were heard on these proposals.
Read more about this closed engagement.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: Open houses were on November 6 & 7, 2012
Category: Land & Animals