Habitat Atlas for Wildlife at Risk
South Okanagan Valley is a special place in Canada.
Its hot, dry summers, mild winters, beautiful lakes
and bountiful agricultural lands make it an ideal place
for human settlement. These characteristics have also
shaped an ecosystem unique in the nation, an ecosystem
now threatened by the human settlement it attracts.
The dry grasslands and open pine forests of the South
Okanagan are one of the four most endangered ecosystems
The South Okanagan Lower Similkameen Habitat Atlas
for Wildlife at Risk is an initiative of the Ministry
of Water, Land and Air Protection Lands and Parks, Penticton
Office. The atlas and the web site is designed to provide
information on wildlife at risk and their habitats in
the South Okanagan.
The atlas focuses on 32 species considered "at
risk" in the South Okanagan and Lower Similkameen
and designated by the provincial government as candidates
for endangered, threatened or vulnerable status.
outlines opportunities we have for the South Okanagan
concentrates on the opportunities we have for conservation
and stewardship on public and private land, from provincial
conservation initiatives, to land use regulations, community
stewardship, and efforts by individual landowners.
What makes the South Okanagan
a Special Area?