Central Westcoast Forest Society was approached by the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation (YFN) to create a plan to assess and restore the damage caused to Effingham River from logging during the 1950s and 1960s. Historical harvesting practices have caused significant damage to the watersheds with the region; these practices were not designed to protect streams or fisheries resources, and as a result many of the streams in the area have reduced fish access, poor water quality and altered hydrological function. Declining salmonid populations are commonly associated with this type of habitat (Roni et al., 2002).
The Effingham River Restoration Project is a partnership between YFN, CWFS and Interfor Corporation. The goal of this project is to conserve Pacific salmon by restoring hydrological and ecological functions through accelerating the natural recovery of damaged ecosystems. This project incorporates western science and traditional ecological knowledge into planning and project design and will provide education, job training, and employment opportunities for First Nations and local residents on the West coast of Vancouver Island.