The Osoyoos Desert Society is making a December pitch to wrap up fundraising necessary to have a new interpretive centre in place before the start of 2019 season.

“Thanks to the support of some major funders — along with the generosity of many individual donors — the Society has almost $100,000 in its Building Fund,” writes president Lee McFadyen in the society’s December newsletter.

“Fundraising efforts continue as additional funds are still needed to reach our goal of $120,000. Donations for the new interpretive building remain vitally important and contributions of any amount are gratefully accepted.”

Several harsh winters have rendered the existing trailer-based structure at the Desert Centre that houses the society’s admissions and interpretive functions virtually unusable.

“Repairs enabled the Centre to open for the 2018 season,” said Ms. McFadyen. “Between building repairs, a late opening, heat, fires and smoke it was a challenging season but our stalwart executive director, staff and volunteers managed to pull off another successful year.”

The society has downscaled long-term improvement plans and has committed to a 12′ x 60′ modular building that will be custom-built on-site.

“This is a sensible and cost effective way to assure the continued operation of the Centre and stewardship of the site’s vital antelope-brush habitat.”

The goal is for the new building to be on-site by the spring of 2019.

“The approvals and permits needed before construction can begin are currently in progress.,” said Ms. McFadyen. “As the Desert Centre is located in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) has required an application for non-farm use. The application has been submitted and is in process.

Businesses, groups, individuals and others can donate:

  • By mail: send to the Osoyoos Desert Society, PO Box 123, Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0
  • By phone:
    call our office at 250-495-2470 or toll free at 1-877-899-0897
  • In person:
    visit our office at 8713 Main Street, Osoyoos (second floor)
  • Online: follow the secure PayPal link here
  • GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/OsoyoosDesert 

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to a new and improved facility at the Desert Centre this coming season,” concludes the request. ” A very sincere thanks to all our members and donors for their support of the building project, and for making our continued efforts at the Desert Centre possible.”

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