Johns Family Nature Conservancy Open House

Johns Family Nature Conservancy Open House

The team at Outland Design took part in another successful open house on April 8th; this time for the Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park. Outland Design, along with Ecoscape Environmental Consultants and Juliet Anderton Consulting are working on preparing a management plan for the 400 hectare (1000 acre) park. This park is located on the doorstep of the communities of the Okanagan Mission area of Kelowna, within the South Slopes of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

In 2013, Alf and Nancy Johns donated 300 hectares of land to the Central Okanagan Land Trust (COLT). The new park has been combined with 100 hectares (250 acres) from the existing Cedar Mountain Regional Park to create 1000 acres of continuous parkland. COLT’s mission statement is to protect land for wildlife and parks so biodiversity and natural features are preserved for future generations.

The park has been recognized as “the single largest private land donation in the Central Okanagan, perhaps even the province”. COLT partnered with the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) in a 99 year lease of the land and designated it as a Regional Conservation Park. Although Cedar Mountain Regional Park is currently open to the public, the donated lands will remain closed until the completion of the management plan.

The completed management plan will set out clear direction for wildlife and habitat conservation, passive recreational and educational activities, as well as the future actions and investments for the protection of the park. Visit the project webpage for more information! www.regionaldistrict.com/parksmanagementplans

There will be another open house in the early summer to present a draft management plan to the public. Check back for the event details!

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