The Friends of the South Slopes Society (FOSS)
FOSS is a volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion of active outdoor recreation by maintaining trails used by hikers, runners, horse riders and mountain bikers in Myra-Bellevue & Okanagan Mountain Provincial Parks and other public lands on the South Slopes.
Volunteers Maintain the Trails in Myra-Bellevue!
Under a Partnership Agreement with BC Parks, the trails in Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park are maintained and improved by:
Friends of the South Slopes Society (FOSS) and
Mountain Bikers of the Central Okanagan (MTBco)
If you enjoy these trails, please join F.O.S.S. or MTBco – Last year we had 766 volunteer hours with the adopt a trail program!
Wildhorse Canyon brushing and trail maintenance scheduled for this month (May).
Check it out: 2019 April Newsletter
Fire mitigation continues in several areas in the south slopes:
The objective of this project is to protect public safety from a severe wildfire that could impact the area for decades to come as it did from the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park fire. Thinning the ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forest will lessen the impact of a wildfire and help to retain the mature trees in the forest. The grasslands and open-forests of the Okanagan Valley traditionally experienced low-intensity wildfires frequently. These fires would keep fuel levels low and help to maintain a health forest. Fire suppression over the past hundred years has led to increased fuel loads in our forests. When these areas burn the severity of the burn is much more intense and leads to heavy tree mortality and damage to the soils the seedbed.
Please be advised that some trails may be disturbed but all attempts will be made to minimize damage.
Thinning with low-intensity ground fire with minimal tree mortality:
No thinning can lead to high-intensity wildfire with extensive tree mortality and damaged soils and seedbed: