Parks deserve our protection

Whether Kalamalka or Silver Star park, environment needs protection

I wish to thank Sharon Lawrence for bringing to our attention the environmental damage in  Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park caused by cyclists.

No doubt, Ms. Lawrence is aware of the damage to Silver Star Provincial Park caused by bikers. Likely, some of the bikers at Silver Star stick to the prescribed trails, but a significant fraction do not.

This has resulted in great damage to the vegetation and creation of many erosion paths.

One shudders at the thought of similar destruction taking place in the North Okanagan’s great treasure, Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

We can ask why do we go to the effort and expense of creating parks for protection and preservation of the environment, and then allowing the destruction to take place.

Of course the rate of degradation of the environment is significantly increased when motorized vehicles are used.

The destruction of the forests on Vernon Hill, east of the city, an area  used by off-road vehicles, is truly impressive.

We read of the decline in numbers of the Mountain Caribou, whose remote traditional wintering areas are now easily accessed by off-road vehicles.

We tend to concentrate on the environment threats of big companies such as Enbridge, and not think of the destruction caused by us and our neighbours.

The cartoon character said, on Earth Day 1971, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”


Vivian Merchant, Vernon