Conservation efforts flourish

It’s been an eventful year for the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program

It’s been an eventful year for the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (OCCP).

Program coordinator Carol Luttmer dropped by Vernon council to update the partnership between OCCP and government and non-government organizations throughout the North and Central Okanagan Regional Districts.

“We work together to protect nature and ensure healthy ecosystems and habitat networks are valued and conserved by decision makers and citizens as the basis for healthy, livelihoods, liveable communities and economic development,” said Luttmer.

The City of Vernon was a founding partner in 2007 and has provided an annual contribution of $2,500 which, in 2015, was leveraged to bring in more than $220,000 for projects in the region.

Some of those products this year in the city included the seven-day B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Wetland Education Institute; building a wetland at Black Rock Road/Francis Drive as a demonstration on how private landowners can be stewards of the environment and create habitat; building a pollinator garden at Okanagan Landing Elementary School; and building a mobile interactive display on Keeping Nature in our Future, and hosting it at community events and schools.

Luttmer asked the city to continue its $2,500 contribution.

“Financial and in-kind contributions from partners are instrumental in demonstrating local support for the partnership,” she said.

“It allows us to bring in funding to the region from outside sources.”

 

Council voted to include the request in its budget deliberations.