Public Announcement about Kus-kus-sum
Post Sawmill Aerial of Kus-kus-sum by Rick Ward
Aerial of Sawmill in Production
Artist Rendering of Restoration by Robert Lundquist
This will be the first phase of our three phase restoration plan. We will focus on the removal of hard paving (concrete and asphalt) from the surface of the site. Work will start mid-June and carry through to the end of August. In 2022/2023, the site will undergo major earth works and planting.
This first phase will largely be a construction project, with our contractors, Copcan Civil Ltd., working with excavators and other heavy machinery to remove and crush the concrete. Concrete will be crushed for re-sale and re-use. Steel rebar and wiring from the surface will also be recycled. We are committed to reducing waste and the overall footprint of this restoration project where ever possible. To allow for the removal of hard surfacing, we will have to clear some of the vegetation currently growing on site. Any trees removed will be replaced 10-fold upon restoration. Throughout restoration, there will be noise associated with the work being done. We will adhere to noise reduction bylaws and keep construction noise limited to the hours 8am-5pm.
We welcome and celebrate the interest and excitement of the community. If you are interested in observing the work on site, please watch from the river walkway across the Courtenay River rather than parking adjacent to the site or across the road. We want to keep everyone safe, and traffic flowing along Comox Road and we thank you in advance for your understanding.
For those of you looking to learn more about the restoration that will take place, please join us for our public community forum. It will be hosted virtually via Zoom on June 17th at 6:30pm and everyone is welcome. Our Executive Director, Caitlin Pierzchalski, and Senior Staff Biologist, Jennifer Sutherst, will be walking you through our restoration plans and answering any questions.
Thank you so much for your support and interest in Kus-kus-sum, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you at the community forum!
Restoration Partners & Sponsors
Sam is currently working towards an Associates' Degree in Environmental Studies. She was born and raised on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleilwaututh First Nations. She's residing in the K'òmoks First Nation territory while working this summer...
Jamie Lund is a Restoration Technician with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria. She was born and raised on the traditional territory of the Wei Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum first nations. With a passion for wildlife preservation, Jamie is...
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.
Here in the Comox Valley, our local beaches have a story to tell about a small fish that is so much more. Maybe you’ve seen Project Watershed out on local beaches, with measuring tapes and high visibility vests, trying to learn more about this small fish with a big impact!
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.
Summer is almost here and Project Watershed is gearing up for another round of surf smelt sampling on beaches around the Comox Valley.