(Scroll down to find the petition at the bottom of this page – Petition open til Nov 3rd)
On November 3, 150 Comox Valley residents including four City of Courtenay Councillors, two regional Directors, Chair of the CVRD Board and one Town of Comox Councillor participated in a Community forum where Project Watershed presented its ideas for restoration of the decommissioned Field Sawmill site. The doors opened at 6:30pm and participants viewed a number of displays and slide shows featuring community volunteers involved in restoration activities. After a welcoming by Cory Frank on behalf of the Chief and Council of the K’ómoks First Nation, Cory mentioned the new KFN Guardian program. North Island College and President John Bowman was acknowledged and thanked by the chair of Project Watershed Board, Paul Horgen
The forum was divided into two parts. There were three short presentations. Jennifer Sutherst, Staff Biologist & Estuary Coordinator presented Project Watershed’s vision for a restored shoreline with channelization and the upper part developed into walking and cycling trails. Tim Ennis, Project Watershed Director at Large discussed and compared the mill restorations in Campbell River with the proposed Field re-envisioning plans. Darcy Miller, Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Puntledge Hatchery Manager, talked about salmon predation by seals and the role of the steel clad wall in facilitating trapping of fish by the seals.
Sandra Borton from the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy facilitated a panel discussion with six panel members (see photo 3). These panel members answered questions and had exchanges with the audience for approximately 45 minutes. Key topics included obtaining a revaluation of the value of the Interfor property, who is responsible for waste clean ups, the role of local and federal government, fundraising and other Germaine topical areas. “The success of the event surely implies the broad community support for Project Watershed’s plans.” commented Councillor Rebecca Lennox and one of the evening’s panel members.
The petition for supporting this project is available below, on the front page of the Project Watershed website and in the office located at 2356a Rosewall Crescent in Tin Town (office hours 830am-12-30pm). The petition has already gained over 100 signatures with more coming in—this letter will be sent to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to increase the priority of this project’s ranking.