SILT Hires Executive Director

Al PeattProfessional Biologist Al Peatt has been retained by the Southern Interior Land Trust as its executive director — a new direction for the 29-year-old volunteer-run organization — effective June 1st.
Peatt was one of the founding directors of the society, so this brings him full-circle.

Most recently, he was senior wildlife biologist for the Okanagan Nation Alliance and prior to that he worked for the B.C. Ministry of Environment in the Southern Interior through the 1980s and 1990s.

He was recently awarded a Fellow in Association of Professional Biology, one of only a few in B.C., by the Association of Professional Biology. This designation is reserved for members that stand as role models and bring distinction to the profession with inspiration and mentorship to other members.

With this newly-created position, Peatt will work to rejuvenate and raise the profile of the SILT, which currently owns four conservation properties: Ginty’s Pond in Cawston, Cold Creek near Keremeos, and Edwards Pond and Wards Lake at Grand Forks.

SILT has also assisted in acquiring such properties as Rose Valley Regional Park, a Swan Lake wetland, productive spawning habitat on Christina Lake and vital bighorn sheep habitat on the east side of Skaha Lake.

Peatt was a key participant in several of SILT’s original acquisitions and is excited to bring his many years of experience in land securement and wildlife habitat management to the organization’s new role.

The Southern Interior Land Trust also helps to administer projects such as the Okanagan River Restoration Initiative, Ellis Creek re-naturalization and Mission Creek Restoration in collaboration with a number of other non-government organizations, governments and conservation groups.

SILT’s primary emphasis is to acquire local gems of productive wildlife and fish habitat that provide valuable linkages to other larger-scale habitats and conservation areas.

“With this step forward, SILT will renew its purpose to protect sensitive fish and wildlife habitat for all living things in the B.C. southern interior, including people” said SILT President Ross Everatt. “We are excited to continue and expand SILT’s long history of habitat securement. It’s all good!”

Learn more about the SILT from the website at: www.siltrust.ca

If you are interested in learning more about the organization; becoming involved in its work; donating or bequeathing land or money for conservation, call/text Al Peatt at: (250) 328-4699 or email apeatt@siltrust.ca

Media enquiries:
SILT President Ross Everatt (250)- 499-9840

SILT Board Elected for 2017

The SILT elected a new Board of Directors at its AGM held on March 18, 2017.
President: Ross Everatt
Vice President: Rick Simpson
Secretary: Judie Steeves
Treasurer: Gordon Wilson

Directors: Joan Lindsay; Bill Bosch.

President Emeritus: Ron Taylor

SILT 2016 AGM

The SILT Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Society’s HO located at 916 Ethel Street, in Kelowna. New members Al Peatt and Rod Torgerson joined the board of directors and Rick Simpson was named vice-president, while the other executive members were re-appointed: Ross Everatt as president, Gord Wilson as treasurer, Judie Steeves as secretary.
New brochures with the organization’s new name, the Southern Interior Land Trust, have now been printed and are available.
 

ORWHFS – 2014 AGM

The ORWHFS 2014 Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in room S103B of the Student Services Building at Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road in Kelowna,
 
A very BIG THANK-YOU to Okanagan College for providing the meeting room to our organization at no cost. ORWHFS is a 100% volunteer run Society and with the help of friends and partners such as Okanagan College, our financial resources can be utilized more effectively towards the mandate and goals of our Society.
 
The Board of Directors elected for 2015 is:
President – Ross Everatt
Vice President – Chris Bull
Secretary – Judie Steeves
Treasurer – Gordon Wilson
Directors – Rick Simpson; Bill Bosch; Joan Lindsay

We Have Changed our Name to Southern Interior Land Trust

 
SILT logo
 
We are now officially known as The Southern Interior Land Trust Society (SILT). Operating for more than 25 years as The Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Fund Society, the ORWHFS realized it was time to re-brand and take on a name that was not only shorter and easier to remember but also to align more with the goals of the society.

ONA and ORWHFS Partner on ORRI Habitat Rehabilitation

ORWHFS has partnered with The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) to administer HSP funds for use in habitat rehabilitation for species at risk. The work will primarily be conducted along the Okanagan River Channel that was reclaimed through the ORRI Phase-1 project.

The work being carried out by ONA is critical to the Okanagan River ecosystem and is being funded through the Habitat Stewardship Program.

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Taylor Steps Down as ORWHFS President

Ron Taylor
Ron Taylor, President of the Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Fund Society stepped down from the Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual General Meeting held this past April.

After serving more than 20 years as the ORWHFS President, Mr. Taylor turned the reins over to Ross Everatt who was unanimously elected the new President. Mr. Taylor’s many years of service and leadership to the Society included overseeing many of the conservation projects ORWHFS have been involved in, such as the Okanagan River Restoration Project.

Mr. Taylor’s positive straight forward approach and passion for the natural environment and its wildlife will set the tone for the work which lays ahead for the Society.

Thank You Ron!