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Save Sickle Point, the last remaining intact wetland along Skaha Lake

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Help Save Sickle Point, the last remaining intact wetland on Skaha Lake.

Help Save Sickle Point, the last remaining intact wetland on Skaha Lake.

HELP US SAVE SICKLE POINT

Sickle Point is a stunning sickle-shaped 4.8-acre wetland on Skaha Lake that is currently threatened with development. If we (the community) cannot raise the funds to purchase and preserve Sickle Point, it is likely that it will be sold for residential development resulting in motorized traffic on the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) Trail and the loss of critical wildlife habitat for the Okanagan Region.

Sickle Point consists of water birch and wild rose communities that support endangered wildlife and aquatic species such as the Yellow-breasted Chat, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Western Rattlesnake and the Pallid Bat, all of which are red-listed by the Province of British Columbia. Sickle Point is also part of a migratory path for both resident and migrant wildlife, including the American White Pelican and  Sandhill Crane.

WHERE IS SICKLE POINT?

It is located on the west side of Skaha Lake one kilometre north of Kaleden, about seven kilometres south of Penticton. It is adjacent to the non-motorized KVR trail. The popular KVR trail is part of The Great Trail formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail and is well used by walkers and bikers, locals and tourists.

WHY MUST WE SAVE SICKLE POINT?  

Sickle Point is an endangered riparian and wetland area. The south Okanagan is a hot spot for endangered species and is one of the four most endangered ecosystems in Canada. In semi-arid areas like the South Okanagan, riparian areas are important for maintaining plant and animal diversity.

The Southern Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP) has given Sickle Point its highest conservation ranking (Class 1). SOCSP notes many of the wildlife and natural areas in the South Okanagan-Similkameen are in trouble because of human impacts, including the creep of population centres, burgeoning agriculture and other human activities on land and water.

Wetlands, like Sickle Point’s, are part of nature’s ‘filtration’ system and help give us cleaner water. The wetlands can help absorb and avert flooding, which protects the shoreline and the homes along it

It is the potential human impact and endangerment of species, like the Yellow-breasted Chat, White Pelican, Sandhill Crane, Pallid Bat that has alarmed our community and motivated us to save Sickle Point for generations to come. 

CURRENT STATUS

Sickle Point is currently privately owned and being offered for sale for development. The property’s current zoning allows for a single-family home with a secondary suite, bed and breakfast, care home or AirBNB operation.   Any development would result in the destruction of the delicate wetland ecosystem.

In order to provide access to the property, motorized vehicles would be allowed on the KVR trail.  Following a failed attempt to subdivide the property into 5 lots. Sickle Point is now under court-ordered foreclosure.  This has provided a rare opportunity for the community to purchase the land, but only if we can act swiftly and raise the money required.

OUR FUND-RAISING GOAL

An offer of $2.5 Million to purchase the land would be accepted if we can raise the required funds.  The offer would then need approval by the BC supreme court. We have also lobbied conservation groups and the government.

We envision funding to come from these sources:

    • $400,000      : Grants
    • $300,000      : Corporate sponsorships
    • $300,000.     : Potential Government sources
    • $1,500,000.  : Crowdfunding

We know we can make this happen! Indeed, we have already received some very generous pledges totalling over $280,000 (and counting) towards our goal.

But we need your help to reach our goal and to spread the word. Once we have reached our goal, the RDOS will issue tax receipts for all donations.

A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY

An opportunity like this comes around just once in a lifetime. Will you help us keep this ecological jewel as a place where rare species can continue to thrive in the Okanagan?

As a way to show our appreciation and collective commitment, every donor will receive a green ribbon to tie on your front door or around a tree in your yard.

Donating funds to Saving Sickle point would leave a legacy for future generations.  Eighty percent of all wildlife species use wetland habitat. If we are to protect the Okanagan's last remaining wetlands, we must rally together as a community to save places like Sickle Point.

WHO'S INVOLVED? 

The Penticton Indian Band, D, The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and the Save Sickle Point Committee have partnered to create this project to Save Sickle Point.

OUR GROWING GROUP OF SUPPORTERS

  • Individual donors: currently 227 pledges so far
  • Chief and Council: Penticton Indian Band
  • Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
  • Richard Cannings, MP
  • Roly Russell, MLA for Boundary Similkameen
  • Subrina Monteith, RDOS Director Area I
  • Western Wilderness Committee
  • Penticton Outdoors Club
  • South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club
  • Friends of the Penticton Oxbows
  • Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance
  • The Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society (OSPS)
  • The Nature’s Conservancy of Canada
  • Southern Interior Land Trust
  • Central Okanagan Land Trust
  • Tempest Theatre and Film Society
  • Oceantec Scuba

PLEASE JOIN US AND DONATE TO HELP SAVE SICKLE POINT

Thank you so much for your generous support

Save Sickle Point Committee

Divers may have found another reason to save Sickle Point

15 days ago

Photographs taken underwater off Sickle Point that depict what are believed to be an endangered species of mussels unique to the Okanagan have now been sent off to the Royal BC Museum for verification.

The molluscs, believed to be Rocky Mountain ridged mussels, were photographed Saturday by Oceantec Scuba, which sent divers down to the bottom of Skaha Lake at Kaleden.

The mussels are designated as a species of concern under the federal Species at Risk Act, which means they “could become threatened or endangered because of a combination of biological characteristics and identified threats.”

“Native freshwater mussels are integral components of our natural and cultural heritage. They filter out water pollution, are closely linked to the health of fish populations and are important prey for many other animals,” notes the fact sheet.

“They are a long-lived species and good indicators of ecosystem health, and one of the most endangered groups of animals on earth.”

A single mussel can filter up to 40 litres of water per day, according to the fact sheet.

Sickle Point is a 4.8-acre property on Skaha Lake that had been the decades-long focus of controversial plans for residential development by former owner Mel Reeves, but is now being sold out of foreclosure.

The committee initially asked the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to purchase Sickle Point on behalf of the public, but that idea was shot down through the alternate approval process.

Members of the Save Sickle Point Committee have now taken matters into their own hands and launched an online fundraiser to purchase the property on behalf of the public. As of Wednesday, it had collected $313,000 en route to its goal of $1.5 million.

To learn more about Sickle Point or make a pledge, visit www.wayblaze.com/sicklepoint.

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The find was announced by the Save Sickle Point Committee, which is fundraising to purchase the unique property and save it from potential development.

"We know that Sickle Point is the last intact wetland on Skaha Lake and has rare plant communities like the Common Cattail Marsh and the Waterbirch/Wild Rose. These rare plants provide critical habitat for Pallid Bat, Lewis’s Woodpecker and Yellow Breasted Chat, but we have also heard from kayakers that they have seen mussels in the waters around Sickle Point," said committee member Randy Cranston in a press release.

“We thought we should check out the waters around Sickle Point to see if we could find this rare mussel that is only found in the Okanagan."

Oceantec Scuba, which is based in Kaleden, volunteered its services as a way to give back to the community.

"I remember as a kid going to Sickle Point and seeing so many frogs and turtles there," owner Kevin Aschoff said in the release. “It would be a shame if it was sold and developed."

According to a fact sheet published by the B.C. Environment Ministry, 70% of freshwater mussels in North America are at risk of becoming extinct, including the Rocky Mountain ridged mussel, which is found only in lakes of the Okanagan Valley.

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Save Sickle Point the Film

24 days ago

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The Save Sickle Point Committee is pleased to release the short film created by Penticton’s Tempest Theatre and Film Society.
Users on the KVR trail may have noticed cameras “rolling” in the area around Sickle Point recently. “We were so excited and grateful when Tempest Theatre and Film Society offered their help produce a film which would focus on Sickle Point and the need to protect it.” said Evelyn Kansy, Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Save Sickle Point Committee.
The film features biologist, Richard Cannings, MP, ecologist, and author and Don Gayton, and several Kaleden residents who were interviewed on why saving Sickle Point is a priority for them.
Benjamin Nunes, age 11, thoughtfully said “I want Sickle Point preserved so everyone can enjoy it and the animals can have a safe place to live.” Benjamin and his younger brother enjoy biking the trail and are interested in learning about the birds that use the wetland area.
Later in the day Rita Masson shared her concerns that if there were vehicles on the KVR, which would happen if even one house was developed at Sickle Point, that it would no longer be safe to bring her grandchildren. One of the key issues around Sickle Point being developed is that the only access to the property is via a segment of the KVR Trail, which is otherwise not open to motorized vehicles. This access was permitted by the province several years ago.
Save Sickle Point Committee and Tempest Theatre and Film Society hopes this film will encourage people to make a pledge to purchase this important place for everyone and as a legacy future generations. All funds raised will go directly to the purchase of Sickle Point.
Meanwhile members of the Sickle Point Committee are busy fundraising through social media and the crowd funding site www.wayblaze.com/sicklepoint. Applications to grants and foundations have been submitted or are in the process. An online petition requesting the provincial government to help protect the property and review vehicle access issues to the Sickle Point via the KVR trail is available at www.change.org/SaveSicklePoint
“We are confident that once people realize what we really will lose should Sickle Point be developed they will want to help save this unique place. The rare natural habitats, loss of viewscape, cars and other vehicles on the trail and the peace and enjoyment of nature will truly be missed if it is not protected.

Thank you to the
Tempest Theatre & Film Society for believing in our cause of saving the fragile ecosystem of Sickle Point and the KVR trail. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do and will share it with all your friends, family and networks.

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Green Ribbon Pick up Drive Through March 7th, 2021

2 months ago

Sunday, March 7, during the rain, hail and sunshine, members of the Save Sickle Point Committee held a Green Ribbon Pick Up drive-through event at Kaleden Pioneer Park. The community and those who had already made pledges to the Save Sickle Point campaign were invited to come and pick up their green ribbon to hang on their gate, fence, or front door to show their support.

 “I was inspired by the passion and commitment people have towards conserving Sickle Point.” said Shira Newell-Wallace, Event Coordinator for the Committee.  “It was a non-stop afternoon of enthusiasm for the project. We were delighted that there were several new donations from $20 to $5,000 towards the purchase!”  

More than 100 people passed through the information stations during the 2 hours designated for ribbon pick up.  Everyone signed the petition asking the provincial government for help. People came from Kaleden, Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Naramata, and Summerland.

“An outstanding turnout.” exclaimed Tom Siddon. “Response is growing, from signing the petition, making donations, new pledges and support for what we are trying to do.” he said.

MP Richard Cannings stopped by to pick up his green ribbon and show support for conservation. “I’m impressed by how busy it was while I was there.” said Cannings..

 “Despite Covid 19 restrictions and the inclement weather everyone had a good time at this super successful first event.” said Doreen Olson “Other events are being planned. We really hope that word of mouth will help spread the message about pledging to Save Sickle Point on the Wayblaze.com/SicklePoint page.   

Please help us by sharing the Wayblaze.com/SicklePoint link with all your friends, family, neighbours and co-workers.  We need your help to get this information out and be successful in raising the $1.5M by June 1, 2021. 

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Thank-you for being advocates for the South Okanagan!
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Thank you for your vision, and consideration of nature, and of generations to come.
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Truly a beautiful spot to remain wild forever
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I am so grateful to those taking leadership to Save what should never have been lost in the first place. Thank you !
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I hope this natural habitat stays around for generations to come.
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I ride my bike frequently past Sickle Point....it is a beautiful piece of nature! It would be a shame to see this developed. You have my support!
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Fingers crossed for a great outcome !
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In honour of Conrad and Barb Pryce of Kaleden
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Great work, everyone!
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Hoping for much success with this property acquisition to save the precious wetlands of the Okanagan.
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This represents 192 generous pledges to Save Sickle Point - we're getting there!!
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Thank you for this effort everyone!
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Sickle Point is a beautiful oasis of peace.Boaters/swimmers/various birds come to enjoy its shore.Let’s save this bit of nature.
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Sickle Point is a wonderful undeveloped oasis along the KVR and deserves being saved for the enjoyment of generations to come
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I grew up directly above this place, and it was always a cherished piece of land, and a rare and important piece of wetlands for the region.
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Thank you for your effort. Together we will get this.
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Good Luck. The trail ids a great place to ride.
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Thank you for what you are doing to save this wetlands
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We care about preserving this gem now and for future generations. Thank you and good luck!
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I really hope Sickle Point will be saved.
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A treasure to be preserved
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Great initiative, incomprehensible that this is even in question. This should never be developed.
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In support of our friends in Kaleden.
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Wishing you success
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I declined a tax receipt because there is no information on how it will be sent - by email hopefully, but it would be helpful to know.
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