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.
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.
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
PLEASE JOIN US AND DONATE TO HELP SAVE SICKLE POINT
Thank you so much for your generous support
Save Sickle Point Committee