In 2013-2014, Central Westcoast Forest Society worked with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (BC MOT), the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF), the Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society, the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, and the Canada Fisheries and Oceans Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) to:
- Construct 3 side-channels for coho and cutthroat trout rearing;
- Reconnect 8 creeks to historic upstream fish habiatat;
- Restore 7.5 hectares of fish and wildlife habitat (through in-stream and riparian restoration);
- Remove 12 fish impediments;
- Plant 500 conifer seedlings; and
- Create 20 wildlife cavities.
This year, with supprt from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (BC MOT) and the Canada Fisheries and Oceans Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP), CWFS will be constructing Newbury style rock weirs downstream a creek at Highway 4 to backflood the culvert outlet and improve fish access. CWFS will also be working to replace and relocate culverts at two creeks in the watershed to their historic drainage locations. Currently, these creeks run along the Highway 4 ditch-line before crossing the highway and flowing down to Kennedy Lake. The culverts at the highway crossings are perched and are not fish accessible. Relocation and replacement of these culverts will allow fish access to the upper sections of the Conference Creek Watershed in addition to increasing the amount of available spawning and rearing habitat.