It’s the dawning of a new era for the Central Okanagan Land Trust, as it takes on a paid executive director to help it manage the properties now in its care.
Former executive director of the Kelowna Museums Wayne Wilson, recently retired after 30 years with the museums, has taken on the new COLT position as one of his contracts.
He will be responsible for helping the trust’s board of directors connect more closely with the community, sharing information about its work and the ways in which it can help conserve natural features of the Central Okanagan.
That will include updating the trust’s website and setting up a presence on Facebook, as well as speaking to community groups about COLT.
The land trust was set up by the Central Okanagan Foundation in 1991 in order to protect land for wildlife and parks and to preserve natural features of this valley for future generations.
COLT was recently bequeathed 320 hectares of land on Kelowna’s southern border, near Okanagan Mountain Park. As well, the trust owns a section of the Mission Creek Greenway called the Benvoulin Woods, and has helped in the purchase of, or has covenants on such well-known protected natural areas as Rose Valley Regional Park, Cedar Mountain Regional Park, Robert’s Lake, the Thomson Wetland, Rotary Marsh, the Gellatly Nut Farm and Coyote Ridge Regional Park.