ProjectsYour contributions have assisted with this valuable work that assists with the sustainability and conservation of our natural region.
2015 projects$5,000 grant to Nature Conservancy of Canada
Read March 26, 2015 release from Nature Conservancy Canada (76 KB PDF)
Learn more about Kit Carr from Nature Conservancy Canada (293 KB PDF)
Ongoing support of the historic trails in the Northern Cascade
2014 projectsOngoing support of the historic trails in the Northern Cascade.
2013 projects$5,000 grant supports Rotary Club of Summerland and Trails of the Okanagan Read Summerland Review articles Following the Pathway & Lakeshore pathway gains support
$1,000 grant supports the 2013 Meadowlark Festival
$5,000 grant supports the Nature Conservancy of Canada to assist with wildlife throughways
OSPS celebrates Canada Day at Manning Provincial Park. Read more here.
Ongoing support of the historic trails in the Northern Cascade. Read more here.
2012 projects$1,000 grant supports the 2012 Meadowlark Festival
$3,800 grant supports ongoing restoration of Northern Cascades historic trails
Ongoing restoration of the historic trails in the Northern Cascades
Barely visible is the Dewdney Trail that winds its way along Snass Creek in the Cascade Recreation Area of Manning Park. This historic route requires major brushing and windfall removal that will be done by a variety of groups throughout the summer and fall of 2012. There is over 50 kilometers of the original trail remaining today thanks to the past efforts of OSPS. The western trailhead is at the Cascade parking area off of Highway # 3 in Manning Park and the eastern trailhead is at Forty-seven Mile Creek on the Whipsaw Forest Service Road close to Princeton, B.C.
Three volunteers from the Hope Mountain Centre descend on the Hudson's Bay Brigade Trail that passes by the scenic Palmer's Pond. Hope Mountain Centre and the Back Country Horsemen of BC have been instrumental in the restoration of the trail which this year will include the construction of three backcountry campsites along the 53 kilometer route. Check out "trails" on www.hopemountain.org for more details.
L-R Daniel Del Rio, Mexico, Sharon Anderson, Coalmont, Rod Dixon, Tulameen, Nancy Melville, 100 Mile House, Char Sellers, Princeton, Myrna Bosomworth, Summerland, Kelley Cook and Feral, Princeton, Johanna Nott, Princeton and Mary Mitchell, Squamish. Standing in the back is John Henry of Princeton.
The group calling themselves the "Hopeful Hikers" set out on the west side of the Cascades in 2008 searching for the remains of the Hudson's Bay Brigade Trail heading east over the Cascade Mountains. The 10 hikers were successful in locating the trail from Peers Creek west to the Cascade Divide on Mount Davis. Some sections were very difficult to follow as there had not been maintained more than 15 years.
Grant to Nature Trust
Terrain at Twin Lakes, critical habitat for many bird, bat, amphibian and snake species at risk. Image courtesy Don Guild
OSPS Supports Proposed National Park
2010-11 projectsRare plant survey, Oliver Mountain
The Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society contributed $3000 toward a wildlife and plant inventory project at Oliver Mountain in the summer of 2010. Oliver Mountain is a Goal 2 protected area candidate, identified by the Okanagan-Shuswap Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). The funds were used to hire experts for rare plant and reptile inventory. This information, combined with other data, will help to document the importance of the area and to identify sensitive sites for management or protection.
Botanist Mike Miller searched the area for rare plants species. Mike provided the summary available here.
The society's input has been sought with regard to bicycle and roller-blade paths with the construction of new highways. Our 'expertise' in and commitment to such paths have led to the consultation with regard to the highway work south of Oliver. In the future, safe non-motorized pathway links could be joined to form a continuous route from Summerland south to Osoyoos. Learn more...
In Summerland, the OSPS has helped to ensure that historical aspects of the 19th century Fur Brigade Trail are explained and celebrated by funding signs that were installed in 2011.
Click any of the above images to enlarge. Images courtesy Summerland Public Works
What is the Fur Brigade Trail?
The fur trade route started at Astoria Oregon and went by canoe up the Columbia River to Fort Okanagan in Washington State. From there the route was by land using horses, sometimes up to 300 horses per trip. The trail went through the Okanagan Valley to Fort Alexandria and further north and east.
Summerland Preserves Fur Brigade Trail
How to access the trail
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