Public invited to species at risk info session

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations staff are hosting an information session in Osoyoos

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Members of the public are invited to attend an information session held by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations staff regarding protecting species at risk in the Osoyoos West Bench.

Ministry staff will be available to answer questions and provide more detail about plans to erect fencing in the area around three species at risk in an effort to conserve and manage the Okanagan region’s species at risk and biodiversity.

The Osoyoos West Bench is a parcel of Crown land approximately 470 hectares in size.

It is bordered by the Town of Osoyoos and South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area. This area is unique in the South Okanagan for its variety of landscape features and plant communities,providing habitat for several at-risk species. The species targeted for protection are Great Basin spade foot tadpoles and two at-risk plant species — Grand Coulee owl-clover and annual paintbrush.

Proposed fences will be wooden post with two rails to ensure that fencing blends in with the natural landscape and does not pose a barrier to wildlife movement. Fence areas are small (less than1.5 hectares combined) and will not block frequently used trails or roads currently used for livestock movement and by recreationalists.

The information session takes place Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  in room 1, on the main floor of the Sonoran Community Centre, 8505 68 Ave.