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March 5, 2012

On campus: Xeriscaping and Indigenous Flora

by Arnica Rowan

Okanagan College is comprised of 4 campuses, with 41.1 acres of green space!

The properties represent a total area of approximately 93.5 acres. The footprint for all buildings is equivalent to 16.9 acres. The parking lots and associated asphalt cover an estimated 35.5 acres. The remainder, approximately 41.1 acres is an assortment of treed areas interspersed with turf, natural grassland and various planted arrangements of perennials and indigenous flora.

Much of the green area also acts as a natural wildlife habitat. Two of the campuses border natural wetland. Of the 41 acres, almost 75% is either natural non-irrigated terrain or xeriscaped.   Our irrigation practices as well as plant selection are designed and selected to minimize our water usage wherever possible.  All landscape work is contracted out to local landscape contractors. Where possible, the landscaping materials are diverted to our composting program.  All Pest Management functions are coordinated in collaboration with a team of licensed consultants.

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