Save Sickle Point
The Vision for Sickle Point
The community of Kaleden envisions Sickle Point as a nature park. Public access would be maintained from the non-motorized KVR trail to the northern half of the upland area, and the beach area would be for day use only.
Access to the riparian and wetland areas would be restricted to appropriate trails and boardwalks as they are developed. Interpretative signage would document First Nations culture and heritage in the area, and the habitat, wildlife and fish resources of the Skaha Lake area. Sickle Point would be available as an educational resource for local schools.
Why Save Sickle Point?
Sickle Point must be be preserved. It has the highest conservation ranking (Class 1) by the Southern Okanagan Similkameen Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (Keeping Nature in Our Future).
Sickle Point's water birch and wild rose communities, which support endangered wildlife and aquatic species such as the yellow-breasted chat, Lewis’s woodpecker, Western Rattlesnake and pallid bat, are red-listed by the province. Sickle Point is also part of the migratory path for both resident and migrant wildlife, including the American white pelican and sandhill crane.
The Proposal for Preservation
To the greatest extent possible, a philosophy of “just let it be” should be followed (i.e., a nature preserve/protected area, not a cultivated park) with consideration given to:
replanting the upland area with native tree species, such as ponderosa pine, poplar and cottonwood
leaving the central area of the property pretty much as is
rezoning of the property from RS-1 (low density residential) to PR (parks and recreation)
removing the marsh road in its entirety and allowing it to return to nature. This could be helped along with some vegetation restoration efforts.
Community involvement sessions will be held, but some initial suggestions include:
placing No Camping, No Fires, and other signs
placing of minimal amenities associated with public access (e.g., garbage cans, toilets)
allowing access to the beach by trail users, as well as boaters. Signs identifying property status would be visible to users.
installing educational signage along with rustic fencing to protect the southern riparian area surrounding the marsh. A similar approach could be taken at the northern end of the property, with signs highlighting upland vegetation and wildlife
turning sections of the marsh road into a wildlife-viewing walkway with interpretive signage
installing other interpretive boardwalk(s) on the property
under professional supervision, restoring habitats damaged in the past
seeking First Nations involvement as part of the planning process
Sickle Point in the News
The effort to save Sickle Point has made the news.
Castanet (Penticton, BC) published an article on September 5, 2020.
The Penticton Herald published an article on September 7, 2020.
Link: "Saving Sickle Point"
Letters in Support of Sickle Point
The Save Sickle Point Committee has authored letters to government ministries. Please feel free to download PDFs of those letters below.