Chenatha Rivers East and West were significantly altered by logging and road development. Restoration of this watershed is part of a long-term community strategy to rehabilitate wild salmon populations in the area. Twin Rivers recently supported healthy salmon populations with previous escapement records showing a yearly average of 2,000 fish with a high of over 11,000 coho and chum returning to the system (DFO Annual Salmon Spawner escapements). Unfortunately, these numbers have drastically declined in recent years with very little chum and coho returning to Chenatha Rivers East and West.
In 2014-2015, in-stream restoration was carried out over 200 m of stream; a total of 24 boulders were added, as well as 9 pieces of LWD to redefine the thalwag, increase pool habitat and habitat complexity. In 2015, a total of 1.2 km of riparian forest was planted with 1200 conifer seedlings, and 21 large conifer trees. Eleven trees were topped in RVT 2 sites. Road deactivation on BM68 included planting 180 native shrubs and 25 young conifers and removing 113 kg of garbage. Eight bat houses were installed in the riparian forest on Chenatha River. Eleven jobs were created for locals and First Nations. The Chenatha River Restoration Project will continue in 2016 on reaches 9 and 11.
Central Westcoast Forest Society is working on this project with support from the Toquaht First Nation, Environment Canada EcoAction Community Funding Program, Pacific Salmon Foundation Community Salmon Program, Patagonia World Trout Initiative, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, Shell Fuelling Change, the Small Change Fund and the Leonard Schein Foundation.