TLC Hosts Peach Cliff Stewardship Event

Peach Cliff from Okanagan Falls

Peach Cliff from Okanagan Falls

TLC’s South Okanagan-Similkameen (SOS) Stewardship Program is offering a free event on Saturday, January 30, 1 to 2:30 p.m. for local residents to learn about the importance of protecting grasslands and the species that call them home.

The event will take place on TLC’s 16-hectare Peach Cliff property which was donated to the non-profit land trust in 2007 by SIVA Construction, developers of Bighorn Mountain Estates.

Wildlife Biologist Aaron Reid and Grassland Ecologist Don Gayton will be presenting and answering questions. Alyson Skinner, TLC’s Area Manager for the Okanagan Region, will speak to the history of the property.

Peach Cliff lies within the South Okanagan bunchgrass region and is home to rugged terrain habitats as well as the globally imperilled antelope-brush plant community. The property is important habitat for the iconic California Bighorn Sheep population that underwent a wide spread die-off in the 1990s. The property also contains potential important habitat for other species at risk including many types of snakes, Canyon Wren, and the Behr’s Hairstreak Butterfly.

California Bighorn sheep - photo by Daryl Stepaniuk

California Bighorn sheep - photo by Daryl Stepaniuk

Please note: the event is scheduled to take place outside at the cul-de-sac at the end of Peachcliff Drive. Participants are encouraged to dress accordingly to the weather, and bring a mug for hot drinks.

The goal of TLC’s SOS Stewardship Program is to assist landowners with restoration of natural habitats. Funding for the SOS Stewardship Program and this event comes from the Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program for species at risk and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

TLC is a registered charity protecting natural areas, historic sites, farms and ranches, and places of recreational importance. Since 1997, TLC has protected over 125,000 acres of sensitive and threatened lands around the province, involving more than 300 projects.  With offices in Victoria, Burnaby, Penticton, Nelson and Prince George, TLC is proud to work on behalf of over 7,000 Members worldwide. Become a Member today at www.conservancy.bc.ca.   

Canyon Wren - photo by S Cannings

Canyon Wren - photo by S Cannings

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Bianka Sawicz, TLC SOS Stewardship Program, Ph: 250-492-0173, Cell: 250-488-9949

Alyson Skinner, TLC Area Manager, Ph: 250-492-0173

January 30, 2010
1:00 pmto2:30 pm