Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

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Legacy at Kus-kus-sum

As part of our Estuary Stewardship, Project Watershed has committed to the restoration of the Field Sawmill site. We have been given a name for the site by the K’ómoks First Nation and are now calling it Kus-kus-sum.

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Our vision is to create a vibrant and productive habitat and connect it to Hollyhock Flats, which is adjacent to the site and one of the most productive areas in the K’ómoks Estuary. We have to raise $6.5 million, remove 8.3 acres of concrete, recontour and replant with native species. It’s a big job and it’s going to a take a lot of work, please scroll down to find out how you can help unpave paradise and put reconciliation into action.

The site was purchased from Interfor in November 2020 and is being held by Project Watershed in trust for the K’ómoks First Nation and the City of Courtenay. The City of Courtenay and the K’ómoks First Nation will be on title as joint owners in the near future. Restoration of the site began in March of 2021. All funds raised from this point forward will go towards the restoration and protection of this important habitat in the heart of our community.

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Metal Recycling at Kus-kus-sum

Metal Recycling at Kus-kus-sum

Unpaving paradise at Kus-kus-sum is underway! Over the summer the concrete and asphalt on the site are being removed. As there is a lot of rebar, and other metal embedded in the concrete, it is being removed and recycled as well. We are holding a contest to see who can guess the amount of metal that will come off the site.

Preparations Have Begun to Unpave Kus-kus-sum

Even though there isn’t much activity on the Kus-kus-sum site just yet, don’t be fooled. Behind the scenes, Project Watershed staff and volunteers are busy getting everything ready to start removing the hard surfacing, both concrete and asphalt on site this summer.

The building at Kus-kus-sum is down!

The condemned office building at Kus-kus-sum, formerly known as Field Sawmill, came down March 23, 2021. Comox Valley Project Watershed Society, with funding from the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, led the work.

Kus-kus-sum Restoration Forum June 17, 2021

Kus-kus-sum Restoration Forum June 17, 2021

Project Watershed held a community forum via Zoom to explain the restoration process that we are embarking on at Kus-kus-sum beginning June 21st, 2021. This is recording of that Zoom meeting.

Kus-kus-sum Helps Tackle Climate Change – Unpave Paradise

Kus-kus-sum Helps Tackle Climate Change – Unpave Paradise

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.

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Kus-kus-sum is located along a major fish bearing stream at the mouth of a class one estuary in the heart of the Comox Valley.  It will cost approximately $6.5M to purchase and restore the site to a natural state. Once restored the site will create 8.3 acres of fish and wildlife habitat, provide recreational and educational opportunities, help mitigate climate change, attenuate localized flooding and put indigenous reconciliation into action.

To help fund the purchase and restoration of Kus-kus-sum you can donate individually or join with your neighbours, co-workers, church or sports team and pool your funds as a group. If you or your group wish to be recognized for your support please let us know – your name/affiliation will be listed on our website, our Facebook page and at some point on the restored site itself.

For donations over $25 you will receive a tax receipt and may choose an art poster. For donations over $100 you may also choose a limited edition paper art print and donations over $1,000 a print on canvas (please note that approx 15% is taken off your tax receipt if you do choose an art work). Check out the Keeping It Living artwork to see if there is a piece that interests you. Various sizes of painted wooden salmon can be sponsored to go up on the fence that lines the property and Comox Road for $25, $500, $1,500 and $4,500. This is a high traffic area with approximately 20,000 cars passing the fence daily.

While donations from businesses, groups, families and individuals make a large portion of our fundraising we are writing grants to all levels of governments, as well as local, national and international organizations to raise the balance of the funds.

We have surpassed our goal of raising $500,000 from our community! Now on to the restoration!  Since we have raised enough to complete the purchase, people and businesses are still donating and those funds are going towards the restoration. Thank you!