Planting on and around an interpretive nature trail is a multi year project that started in April 2018. The project focuses on culturally important native plants and a wide variety of indigenous trees and shrubs, including a number of edible trees for which we are exploring traditional uses of the fruits and bark.
The Traditional Ecological Knowledge of revered Secwepemc elder Dr. Mary Thomas is being shared by her daughter Bonnie Thomas in the creation of interpretive signs that will identify native plants, trees and shrubs along the trail and in the wetland area. The signs will have a scannable QR code that links to a webpage with detailed information on each plant. Samples of the native plant informational pages can be seen at the Mary Thomas Heritage centre website in Salmon Arm, BC.
Additional signs will showcase the wetland development and the historical significance of this location. The Society is researching the potential that this area of Spallumcheen is the site of an ancient battleground where the warring Secwepemc and Okanagan Nations’ Territories overlapped.
The interpretive trail will be open to the public in spring 2019. The trail is currently groomed for foot traffic and the goal is to design and engineer a boardwalk and discreet viewing platform that will make the interpretive trail and wetland area wheelchair accessible.