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Jurassic Classic fundraising dollars at work for wild sheep!!!On April 2nd, the largest prescription burn in 33 years in the Okanagan occurred. The fire on Crater Mountain went off flawlessly achieving the full scope of the burn plan. This initial burn is in the heart of the struggling Ashnola Bighorn herd and will help to pave the way for future prescribed burns in the immediate area and throughout the Okanagan.
The Wild Sheep Society was asked to support the burn funding the ignition sources (Dragon balls and torch fuel) for this burn and your Board of Directors approved a $10,000 budget for this. The Wild Sheep Jurassic Classic also committed a further $4,000 in funding. This project was lead by Okanagan Nation Alliance, Lower Similkameen Indian Band, along with BC Wildfire, Ashnola Outfitters, and Valley Helicopters.
ONA's Cailyn Glasser states: "The Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys have been fire suppressed for decades, and have been reaping the consequences of fuel loading, forest ingrowth and habitat loss. Our fire dependent landscape has been without the fire it needs to thrive for many years. My time on this initiative dates back only to 2014, although for many of you it goes back much further. I can only speak to what I’ve experienced since then. We have developed new relationships, worked our way around road blocks and bureaucracy, and collectively developed a process and program that, for the first time in a long time, saw First Nations, Government, Non-government groups and the BC Wildfire Service putting fire on the landscape TOGETHER. It is apparent to me that collaboration, even when it’s hard and we have to work through difficult issues, is the key to success."
A big thank you must go out to Okanagan Nation Alliance, Lower Similkameen Indian Band, BC Wildfire, Ashnola Outfitters, and Valley Helicopters for all their hard work on this project. As always, thank you to the dedicated FLNRORD Regional Biologists that are an integral part of these projects.
We look forward to future collaboration for the benefit of wild sheep.