Restoring the Chenatha River Watershed

Protecting and restoring aquatic and terrestrial resources is at the foundation of the Toquaht First Nation’s principals and goals.

Central Westcoast Forest Society is working with the Toquaht Frist Nation on a restoration project in Barkley Sound. Industrial logging has been ongoing in this area since the early 1970s, and many streams have been significantly damaged or altered by human impacts on the landscape. Historical harvesting practices at the time 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 degradation.

The goal of the Toquaht Restoration Project is to conserve Pacific salmon by restoring hydrological and ecological functions through accelerating the natural recovery of damaged ecosystems. This project will incorporate traditional ecological knowledge into planning and project design and will provide education, job training and employment opportunities. We propose to rehabilitate a degraded watershed by restoring stream and riparian habitat, adding clean spawning gravel and planting streamside indigenous shrubs and trees.

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.