The Okanagan Mountain to Kalamalka Lake Ecological Corridor

What is it? The Okanagan Mountain to Kalamalka Lake Ecological Corridor is a regional scale, pilot corridor that aims to keep major parks and local ecological corridors connected.  It is an initiative being led by the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (OCCP), UBC Okanagan, and the Regional District of the Central Okanagan (RDCO), in collaboration with […]

Ecosystem Services Mapping to Support Environmental Conservation and Planning Decisions in the Okanagan Region

Funding source: Environment Canada, Ecosystems Partnerships Program Collaborating organisations: Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program; Okanagan Basin Water Board Click here for mapping and reports from Year 1 of the project. Summary: The Project will map the historical, current, and projected future distribution and value of Ecosystem Services (ES) for the Okanagan Region in British Columbia and […]

Corridors connecting habitats in the Okanagan Valley

Corridors connecting habitats in the Okanagan Valley

Project leader & contact person: Dr. Lael Parrott, Associate Professor & Director, BRAES Insitute, The University of British Columbia (UBC), Okanagan Campus, Phone: 250 807 8122 Email: Participating researchers: Catherine Kyle, Graduate research assistant, UBC; Valerie Hayot-Sasson, Undergraduate research assistant, McGill University; Charles Bouchard, Undergraduate research assistant, McGill University; Dr. Jeffrey Cardille, Associate Professor, […]

The value of natural capital in the Okanagan

  The Okanagan Valley is rich with natural capital that provides us with enormous benefits to our well-being and quality of life. Using the best estimates available, based on global studies, the monetary value of this natural capital likely exceeds $6.7 billion/year (in 2007 dollars). Download a PDF version of this text here. By Lael […]

Reflections on landscape stewardship

Reflections on landscape stewardship

In May 2013, Dr. Lael Parrott participated in a workshop held in Kingston, Ontario and hosted by the Frontenac County Landscape Stewardship Council.  The workshop resulted in a report summarizing the group’s recommendations for how to achieve a resilient and sustainable landscape.  The report is written for a general audience and can be downloaded here. […]

Saving the whales in the Saint Lawrence Estuary

Dr. Parrott is a member of the Saint Lawrence Estuary Working Group on Maritime Transport and Marine Mammal Protection.  As a result of the group’s efforts, voluntary measures including speed reduction and an area of caution have been implemented to reduce whale-vessel collisions in the Saint Lawrence Estuary.  The voluntary measures were communicated by the […]

Forest Complexity Modelling

This NSERC-funded CREATE Training program aims to train graduate and undergraduates in the science of modelling and managing forests as complex systems.  The program involves collaborations between 10 Canadian universities and a number of non-academic collaborators. Students are expected to perform their research in collaboration with partners from industry or governmental ministries.   Dr. Parrott […]


3MTSim is a dynamic model of boats and whales developed by our team.  It is currently being used to explore alternate marine traffic management scenarios for the Saint Lawrence Estuary.  This project, in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Parks Canada and the GREMM, has led to ongoing discussions about ways to mitigate […]

Okanagan Futures

What kind of future do we want for the Okanagan Valley?  The Okanagan Futures project will explore alternate land use and development scenarios for the region to help us understand the impacts of our decisions on quality of life, agriculture, ecosystems and the economy.


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