The South Okanagan-SImilkameen has the greatest number of animals at risk of any place in Canada. There are 23 species on the Red List in BC, including the Tiger Salamander, Lark Sparrow and Prairie Falcon, with 35 species, including Canyon Wren, Spotted Bat and California Big Horn Sheep, Blue Listed.
As a Canadian national park, this place will be preserved and become a natural representation of one of Canada’s diverse environments. Parks Canada is organized on behalf of Canadians to “protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations” (Parks Canada Mandate). The national park designation would bring in large amounts of funding and resources from the federal government to ensure that this precious environment is rightfully protected.