Purchase of parkland applauded

North Okanagan Naturalists Club commends Regional District of North Okanagan on purchase of Middleton Mountain Farnsworth property

On behalf of the members of the North Okanagan Naturalists Club, I wish to commend our regional district board and staff for their decision to purchase the Farnsworth property on the north slope of Middleton Mountain.

Anyone who enjoys nature and the outdoors will be applauding this decision to preserve a significant piece of natural habitat.

All wildlife, especially birds and mammals, and the plant species living on this property and the adjacent Middleton Mountain Park will benefit from this decision as well.

Current and future generations in Greater Vernon will surely come to appreciate the soundness of this decision. The Farnsworth family should also receive our thanks for their foresight in ensuring such an important piece of nature will be preserved in perpetuity.

Those who enjoy public open space and trails can only hope that local and regional decision-makers will begin to focus their attention and financial resources on securing a suitable acquisition in the Commonage.

This unique area has been a focal part of Vernon’s early history, and is home to the flora and fauna that help define our region.

A passive park of at least a quarter section (160 acres) of the Commonage in its most natural state would not be too much to serve this region’s growing needs.

The naturalists of the North Okanagan, and others who support the great outdoors,  encourage the purchase and dedication of parkland with public funds for the enjoyment of all residents.

Rod Drennan, president

North Okanagan Naturalists Club