The shrub steppe ecosystem found in the interior of British Columbia, including the South Okanagan – Similkameen, is recognized as one of the country’s most endangered natural systems. These rare pockets of semi-arid desert are the only occurrence of this ecosystem in Canada; they form the northern tip of North America’s Great Basin desert. By establishing a national park reserve in the South Okanagan – Similkameen, Parks Canada will protect and represent this rare and endangered ecosystem in the national park system, and protecting this area would support recovery of 30 federally-listed species at risk, and protect habitat for a substantial number of other species.
What species and spaces within the proposed national park reserve boundary are most meaningful to you?
Consultation has concluded.