K’ómoks First Nation
The present-day location of the K’ómoks First Nation Village is the historical location of the Péntl’ech village of Kíxax. Péntl’ech, which means ‘buried belly’,was the name for the people and the area. The rich environment surrounding the village was capable of sustaining a large number of people. Evidence that natural food sources were abundant and available can be seen from the remnants of village sites, fish traps, shell middens, and processing sites scattered throughout the estuary; some of which are represented in the map of archaeological sites on this page.
Information from http://www.komoks.ca
Ancient Fish Traps
Human impact on shorelines
Both freshwater and marine shorelines provide work, recreation, living spaces and wonderful views. Their diverse habitats are often biologically rich and productive places.
Unfortunately, many human activities often harm these valuable natural features::
* Native trees, shrubs and grasses are cleared to make way for buildings, landscaping and views.
* Bulkheads, docks and piers displace beaches and erode sediments below the water line.
* Removal of shoreline vegetation allows contaminants to flow directly into the water.
* When prime wildlife habitats disappear, so do the birds, mammals, fish and beneficial insects and fish.
What is Green Shores?
Green Shores is an initiative of the Stewardship Centre for BC. It provides options and tools for a wide range of planning, design and construction professionals and landowners who are interested in minimizing the environmental impacts of their projects in a cost effective manner. Green Shores provides science-based tools and best practices to help people:
- minimize the impacts of new developments; and
- restore shoreline ecosystem function of previously developed sites.
Projects can also receive certification through a credits and rating system.
Why use Green Shores?
New strategies such as Green Shores help protect waterfront properties while also protecting and restoring habitats.
Benefits of Green Shores:
- Makes shorelines accessible, eliminating drop-offs and walls.
- Beautifies shorelines, adding native vegetation, wildlife habitat and access to waterfront shorelines and activities.
- Makes shorelines more secure against erosion and flooding, providing an alternative to costly sea walls.
- Provides a wide range benefits similar to the model of the popular LEED for Homes, BuiltGreen, and Sustainable Sites programs.
Green shores also protects against rising sea levels. And it can be used on a variety of shoreline types.
The Kus-kus-sum project aims to unpave and restore an industrial sawmill site to natural habitat on the banks of an important fish bearing stream in the Comox Valley. As milling took place on the site for about 60 years there is a concern that it is contaminated with chemicals associated with the sawmill industry. In addition to this, the site was filled with a variety of materials (tires, beds etc…) to raise and level the area for sawmill operations.
A variety of native plants, shrubs and trees will be established at Kus-kus-sum as part of the restoration process. This will not only provide food, shelter and habitat for fish and wildlife but also help mitigate climate change. Check out this video to find out more.
Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum project is important for supporting the broader Salish Sea Ecosystem. The project will restore habitat for fish and wildlife, attenuate flooding, and create habitat connectivity to adjacent conservation lands in the estuary. Kus-kus-sum provides habitat for mobile species, such as salmon, that utilize the broader Salish Sea ecosystem in their lives.
Working together to manage the K'ómoks EstuaryProject Watershed has taken an active part in helping create a plan for integrated management of the estuary across all governing bodies to ensure estuary health and resilience.The Comox Valley Regional District took the...
Project Watershed worked with local artist Robert Lundquist to create this video which outlines how nature will be restored at Kus-kus-sum.
This film highlights why people, businesses, schools etc… are supporting the Kus-kus-sum Project.
This film gives a glimpse of what the old Field Sawmill site (Kus-kus-sum) could look like once it is transformed into nature.
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