Vaseux Protected Area was established on April 18, 2001 as a result of the Okanagan-Shuswap LRMP process.
The Vaseux Area has some of the most diverse and abundant intact archaeological sites in the Okanagan. Among them are: rock shelters, shell middens, cache pits, drying rocks, quarry sites and burial sites. These sites are of immense value and any disturbance of them is strictly prohibited.
The primary role of the protected area is to protect low to mid elevation grasslands that provide critically important winter range for California bighorn sheep. Old-growth larch stands provide important habitat for white-headed woodpecker and Williamson’s sapsucker. Red and blue-listed plants in the area include mousetail and bearded sedge. Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and Idaho fescue is a blue-listed plant community.
California Bighorn Sheep are a focal species in the area. However, there are many other rare and endangered species being protected. There are two red and seven blue-listed mammals (including the pallid bat and the western red bat), 11 red and nine blue-listed bird species (including the white-headed woodpecker) and one red and five blue-listed reptile species (including the night snake).