John B Holdstock Scholarship
John Holdstock was treasurer for the Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Fund Society from its founding until his sudden death Dec. 25, 2010.
He was a leader in guiding the formation and development of the ORWHFS, and was a past-president of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, as well as serving in a variety of positions in related organizations for more than 50 years.
In his memory, a number of organizations where he played a key role collaborated with his survivors in creating the John B. Holdstock Scholarship, to help people succeed in their efforts toward a career in furthering his aims—to conserve healthy habitat
The Southern Interior Land Trust Society has worked closely with The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to administer contracts for ecosystem restoration work throughout the Okanagan Shuswap districts.
The ecosystem restoration (ER) projects have been targeted at areas within fire maintained ecosystems that have experienced ecological impacts from fire exclusion or beetle infestation. The general objectives of ER are to restore designated areas to an ecologically appropriate fire maintenance condition, in accordance with tree stocking standards for open range and open forest sites. Then, to maintain the restored ecosystem.
Areas of ER projects include: Eneas Creek; Summerland Bald Range; Satellite
Okanagan River Restoration
Okanagan River is recognized internationally for its value as a spawning area for salmon and trout. It is also crucial for wildlife since it is the only river in the south Okanagan – one of Canada’s most biologically diverse,species rich and endangered ecosystems. In the 1950s the river was straightened and confined between dykes to control flooding and allow for agricultural and urban development. Eighty-five percent (85%) of the riparian habitat was lost. National Geographic now considers the Okanagan the third most endangered river in Canada. The Okanagan River Restoration Initiative (ORRI) improved a 1km section of the river that is