Looking east towards Black Mountain over the Okanagan valley. The Okanagan is home to a vast array of wildlife. Unfortunately, however, the region also has the highest concentration of species at risk in all of British Columbia. That’s why a local conservation group is looking to protect wildlife corridors in the valley. “The Collaborative Conservation Program is a group of about 40 organizations that include all levels of government, environmental NGOs and UBC, ” Scott Boswell from the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program told Global News. The conservation group is working on a biodiversity strategy for the region, part of which involves securing sections of a 68-km-long wildlife corridor, Boswell said. The proposed ecological corridor would stretch from Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park all the way to Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. “It basically covers the grassland area and the ponderosa pine area that runs between the two parks,” Boswell said. “The minimum width that we are looking for is one kilometre.” Southwest Alberta wildlife corridor named after former premier Jim Prentice – Oct 26, 2018 Using funding obtained from Environment and Climate Change Canada, the group is currently working on an action plan for the area that will cover several topics. […]

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