The New Beginnings Benevolent Society is working to develop a wetland heritage park by restoring two acres of land to the wetlands and forest that existed 150 years ago. The park will become a living showcase, an opportunity to get to know a wetland ecosystem, its living and non-living components, their roles and their interactions with each other. Creation of an ecologically rich riparian and wetland complex with no possibility of future development ensures sustainable protection of the constructed aquatic and terrestrial biophysical resources.
Our location in the Spallumcheen Valley is an area where the Shuswap Nation (Secwepemc) and Okanagan Nation (Syilx) Territories overlapped five thousand years ago. The park will offer insights into Secwepemc and Syilx cultures, traditions and historical land use and their belief that protection of the land natural resources means the protection of the coming generations. A unique education piece developed with the help of local historians, professional biologists, ethnobotanists and traditional ecological knowledge experts will encompass Secwepemc culturally important native plants, trees and shrubs and their traditional uses, as well as the science of wetland monitoring, through the lens of climate change observations in the region over time.
Hands on activities offered with the assistance of youth ambassadors will provide valuable history/biology lessons for local students as well as public education. It will help participants and the local community to identify human actions that can threaten wetland ecosystems and to learn what we can do to protect wetlands.
The two acre park is located at 1978 Pleasant Valley Road, Spallumcheen BC, just 1 km south of the Armstrong city limit.
For more information about park programs and public access contact Barb Craven at 250-546-5021 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org