Coastline Restoration in Fanny Bay
Director Dan Bowen and volunteer Don Mitchell enjoying the digging and planting
Hard at work saltmarsh planting
Fence up! Gotta keep those geese and grazers from eating all the baby plants. From Right to Left- Dan George, Stuart Swain and Young Nguyen
During this planting, our Project Manager & Estuary Coordinator, Jennifer Sutherst, conducted field research to evaluate two planting techniques in two adjacent areas. The first technique is the more common method, with single plants spaced in a 30-cm radius from each other. The second technique was guided by recent restoration research, which indicates that saltmarsh plants may survive better by being planted in groups. To this end groups of three individual plants were placed together in a single hole. These were within a one-meter radius from the next group. By performing this hands-on field research, we will be able to compare the survival rate between the two planting techniques with the aim of increasing the survival of our saltmarsh plants.
In addition, the Project Watershed board and staff also ensured everyone’s health and safety by going over our safety protocols first thing in the morning. These guidelines also include the recently developed COVID-19 safety precautions put in place by our Field and Research Assistant, Virginia East. We made sure that everyone had a good time while maintaining their physical distance. The project was initially planned to be finished in five to six days. However, our enthusiastic volunteers and staff were enjoying the planting and the beautiful weather so much, it only took three days to finish. We will continue to monitor this saltmarsh planted at Fanny Bay and will post updates on its status very soon.
Having fun in the sun
Spring has sprung and we are busy planning for Earth Week 2021! Earth Week is April 16 – 22, and we will be celebrating our love for this planet with a host of activities to support the health of our Lands and Waters.
With the crocuses and daffodils in bloom and herring in the news I think we can say it is spring. Spring means another season of intertidal forage fish field validation is complete.
Spring – a great time for planting in your garden and in the intertidal/subtidal zones. Once again Project Watershed will be working to restore eelgrass (Zostera marina) habitats by undertaking transplants in areas where the eelgrass is sparse or missing as determined by our coastal nearshore habitat mapping work.
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.
The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society (Project Watershed) is offering a unique opportunity for a videographer to create a documentary focused on the Kus-kus-sum project.
An important milestone was met on November 30th, 2020 as Project Watershed transferred the remaining funds for the acquisition of Kus-kus-sum to Interfor Corporation LTD.
After a brief hiatus from Project Watershed Jennifer Sutherst has returned to the organization as our Senior Staff Biologist in order to continue to support our sensitive habitat stewardship objectives.
The Board of Directors is proud to announce the recruitment of an Executive Director to the Project Watershed team.