The conservation idea has the support of the Okanagan Nation (Sylix) First Nations, but not to some of the other locals and there are big signs in red letters that say "NO NATIONAL PARK". So negative when talking about preserving something so important such as biodiversity! This area is full of it and nowhere else in Canada does this type of desert ecosystem exist!
I've stepped on cactus here...
I believe the national park or conservation idea of some type of preserve needs to be pursued. This unique desert ecosystem area will become more and more urbanized if not protected. It's already quite established as wine country so why not set aside some land for the critters to have an ecosystem to live and reproduce in and for open natural landscapes for future generations to enjoy?
We kept going north on Hwy 97 to Salmon Arm and we stopped at a beautiful green garden in the parent's backyard.
Robin's garden got off to a very wet start at the beginning of the summer and now it's trying to make up for lost growing time.