Help Protect Grand Forks Grassland!

SILT has an agreement to purchase 109 hectares (270 acres) of rare grassland habitat near Grand Forks. We need to raise $117,000 this month! Please help create another lasting legacy for wildlife. Click here to DONATE. Every dollar matters! Donations are tax deductible.

DL 492 is open, rolling hills of bunchgrass interspersed with patches of trembling aspen-rose thickets. The property is year-round habitat for a healthy herd of 200-300 California bighorn sheep. Rams and ewes of all ages use the land. It is also excellent winter and spring range for mule deer and white-tailed deer. Several species-at-risk occur, including rattlesnake, gophersnake, spadefoot toad, tiger salamander and badger.

The Grand Forks (Gilpin) sheep herd has provided decades of first-class hunting and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Your donation will help ensure that undeveloped, productive habitat is protected forever. SILT welcomes and encourages non-mechanized public access for wildlife- and nature-related recreation on all its conservation properties. DONATE HERE

   Email questions or comments to: office@siltrust.ca       Ram photo: Mlharing/iStock/Thinkstock      

 

 

Ginty’s Pond Gets New Sign

Volunteer President Ross Everatt has installed a replacement sign at SILT’s Ginty’s Pond at Cawston. The pond is valuable habitat for waterfowl, songbirds, painted turtle and other wildlife. The pond  has also been a community gathering place, such as for ice-skating parties in winter. Ginty Cawston was a son of a local pioneer and owned the property; his family wanted the pond preserved in honour of Ginty’s love of nature and community. SILT acquired the property in 1991.

Last week, the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Team hosted a 2-day Wetlandkeepers community workshop focussed on Ginty’s Pond. SILT appreciates the support and interest of the community in keeping the pond productive and enjoyable — for all living things!

 

SILT to Monitor Injured Bobcat

A young bobcat treated at the Kamloops Wildlife Park after she was hit by a car at Gallagher Lake was released near there on June 29. SILT radio-collared and ear-tagged the injured bobcat so that its adjustment back to the wild can be monitored. Knowing how this cat re-adapts to being wild, and where it chooses to go, will help SILT identify and acquire land that can remain as habitat for bobcat and other living things for all time. SILT collared several other bobcats in the area last winter as part of an ongoing research study.

Please report tagged bobcat! Call or text Ross Everatt at (250) 499-9840

Help SILT Purchase a Habitat Gem

SILT is working to secure a “gem” of wildlife habitat — the 4.9 hectare Water Birch property near Olalla, BC. This land is excellent habitat for wildlife; its undisturbed water birch forest on the banks of Keremeos Creek has never been cultivated or intensely grazed by livestock. That is rare in the Okanagan-Similkameen. Less than 8% of water birch forest remains, the rest lost to farming and housing developments.

This property has habitat for Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Screech-owl, Lewis’s Woodpecker and other rare species. It will help provide a cross-valley corridor for many species, and creates public access for wildlife-related and angling recreation where none now exists.

Please donate — your contribution will be a legacy of land conserved for all living things forever!

Click here to support SILT or email: apeatt@siltrust.ca

Photo by Rene McKibbin