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BC GRASSLANDS CONSERVATION COUNCIL (GCC)

June 21 - June 22

BC GRASSLANDS CONSERVATION COUNCIL (GCC)
GCC AT 20: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

SUMMERLAND, JUNE 21-22

Mark your calendars for this upcoming event, a milestone in GCC history. On the Friday afternoon (June 21) we will gather in Summerland’s historic IOOF Hall for a series of informative talks on riparian grazing solutions, grassland fire ecology, species at risk and the role of parks and protected areas. Founding member Bob Peart will reflect on the GCC’s first twenty years, and on our way forward. The next day’s carpool field trip will take us to East Vaseux and White Lake, two iconic grassland locales in the South Okanagan. Local ranchers will talk on grazing management, we will hear from a weed expert, and nationally-known ornithologist and MP Dick Cannings will reflect on his enduring connection to BC grasslands. This two-day event will also include a catered supper (with local wines on offer) on the Friday evening, and lunch in the field on Saturday. Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions, renew acquaintances, botanize and savor the richness of BC’s storied grasslands.

Ticket sales will be available at the door if necessary; however, please email us to let us know if you require that option: info@bcgrasslands.org.

Agenda

Friday, June 21, IOOF Hall, 9563 Main St., Summerland

1:00 to 1:15 – Public session begins. Greetings from Summerland’s Mayor and Council

1:15 to 2:00 – GCC Annual General Meeting

2:00 to 2:30 – Bob Peart: GCC 20th Anniversary Reflections

2:30 to 3:00 – Darcy Henderson, CWS: Species at Risk

3:00 to 3:30 – Coffee

3:30 to 4:15 – Sarah Boyle: National Park proposal; Q&A

4:15 to 4:45 – Lee Hesketh: Riparian Grazing Solutions

4:45 to 5:15 – Don Gayton: Fire and Native Grasslands

5:15 to 5:45 – Free time, supper set-up

5:45 to 7pm – Supper (provided)

7:00 to 10:00 – Entertainment, beverages, conversation

Saturday, June 22, IOOF Hall, Summerland

7:30am to 8:30 – Breakfast

8:30 to 9:00 – Jay Kehne: Washington Grassland Initiatives

9:00 to 9:15 – Travel briefing and carpool organization

9:15 to 9:45 – Travel to East Vaseux

9:45 to 10:15 – Walking tour, East Vaseux

10:15 to 10:45 – Travel to White Lake

10:45 to 11:15 – Tracy Lawlor or Rob Edwards: Indigenous Uses of the Land

11:15 to 12:00 – Wade Clifton and Fred Marshall: Ranchers’ Perspectives. Q&A

12:00 to 12:30 – Lisa Scott: Invasives Update

12:30 to 1:15 – Lunch (provided)

1:15 to 1:45 – MP Dick Cannings: Why I Love Grasslands

1:45 to 4:30 – Walking tour; informal talks about local plants, birds, reptiles etc.

4:30 – Adjourn

6:30 – Informal supper get-together at Zia’s Restaurant, Summerland

Details

Start:
June 21
End:
June 22
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Website:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/grasslands-conservation-council-agm-tickets-61173948928