Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (OCCP)

FOSS works with a number of committees within the OCCP, including the Stewardship and Land Securement Committees. One project is of particular interest:  the Central Okanagan Ecological Corridor initiative touches on what FOSS refers to as the “South Slopes Greenbelt” that boasts the vast trail system we are working to complete, preserve and protect. Working with these various decision-making agencies, …

Regional District of the Central Okanagan (RDCO)

We work with multiple departments within RDCO, including Park Planning and Community Planning. FOSS helps identify key access routes and Right-Of-Ways through properties in the Regional District to the South Slopes. We also encourage/support new parks’ development and current park expansion. In additional, FOSS works with the RDCO on a variety of projects, (eg. KLO Creek Regional Park bridges; identification …

City Of Kelowna

We work with various departments in the City of Kelowna, including Parks, Urban Planning, Long Range Planning, Real Estate, and Property Management. FOSS communicates community concerns, and brings attention to opportunities for acquisitions/access through residential developments/private properties bordering the South Slopes (ie. off June Springs and McCulloch Roads) to add to ‘park’ land. FOSS financially contributes/assists with various projects (ie. …

Province of BC

Forestry FOSS submits applications for maintenance of trails in Crown Lands adjacent to our Provincial Parks; advises on trail relocations in the wildfire mitigation areas (ie. targeted grazing project above Field Road); identifies Crown Lands suitable for preservation as ‘park’. Environment and Climate Change Strategy (BC Parks) FOSS holds a Partnership Agreement with BC Parks for the purpose of providing trail …

Wild Horse Canyon Trail Upgrade

Wild Horse Canyon Trail (WHC Trail had been neglected for years and was severely overgrown. With generous funding from PACE (Rene Unser) and the commitment from our FOSS Trail Maintenance crew, we decided to take on 17K of upgrade from Lakeshore Rd to Good Creek/Commando Bay. In Fall 2021, a proof-of-concept 4 day aggressive treatment of the trail was done, …

Lost Lake Trail Upgrade

In 2021, FOSS applied for, and received, a received a grant for $10,000 from The Central Okanagan Foundation to upgrade Lost Lake Trail. The trail was overgrown, suffered from significant erosion, and had ongoing water issues. First, the trail was cleared and brushed to better define the trail itself. Approximately 4.5K of the trail was regraded by excavator to allow …

Bridge Relocation, Priest Creek

In 2017, 2 bridges in Priest Creek Linear Park became nonfunctional when the creek relocated during extensive flooding in the area. The bridges were high quality, backcountry bridges with 10 inch steel I-beam construction and were located in a cedar forest with 100 foot canopy. FOSS was contracted by BC Parks to relocate these bridges and work commenced in Spring …