Emotional kick-off for sawmill site restoration project

Representing the three partners in the project, Courtenay Councillor Doug Hillian, K’ómoks First Nation Chief Councillor Nicole Rempel and Project Watershed chair Paul Horgen pose for a photo at the estuary, across from the sawmill site that will be restored. Photo by John Bonner.

Official launch of Kus-kus-sum project draws a crowd, and thousands of dollars

Dignitaries from Project Watershed, K’ómoks First Nation and the City of Courtenay addressed the crowd, and thanked everyone for the interest shown in the project.

“I was really gratified, even inspired by what so many people had to say,” said Project Watershed board chair Paul Horgen. “I thought [Courtenay councillor] Doug Hillian made a great [speech], as did a number of other people.”

As was announced in the Comox Valley Record Thursday, Sept. 14, Project Watershed and the K’ómoks First Nation have reached an agreement with Interfor Corporation to purchase and restore the former Field sawmill site on the Courtenay River near the 17th Street bridge.The City of Courtenay is reviewing opportunities to take on the role as landowners, with KFN, once the acquisition is complete. Read more

Shaw TV Includes Historical Footage of Field Sawmill in New Kus-kus-sum Video

Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum Kick-off Inspiring

Project Watershed, K’ómoks First Nation announce deal to purchase, restore former Field Sawmill site

Wall lining the Sawmill Site – image credit: RWard (RicksKopter)

Project Watershedand the K’ómoks First Nation have reached an agreement with Interfor to purchase and restore the former Field sawmill site on the Courtenay River near the 17th street bridge.

“After several years of negotiations, we are pleased to announce that we have an accepted offer to purchase the property from Interfor,” stated Tim Ennis, Director for Project Watershed.  “Project Watershed, the K’ómoks First Nation and Interfor are all extremely excited to see this project take a positive step forward, but now it is time for the heavy lifting to start.” Read more

Dan Bowen sheds some light on the work being done at the old Field Sawmill site

Turning Field Sawmill into Kus-kus-sum Park – First Steps

Project Watershed is working towards securing and restoring Kus-kus-sum, the former Field Sawmill site, in the K’ómoks Estuary. If you are unfamiliar with the Field Sawmill the site is the large cement area that runs along Comox Road on the south side of the 17th street bridge, across from Locals Restaurant. The original salt marsh […]

Project Watershed’s Community Forum on Field’s Re-Envisioning Attracts 150

(Scroll down to find the petition at the bottom of this page – Petition open til Nov 3rd)

Audience at the November 3 Community Forum in the Stan Hagen Theater of North Island college (Photo credit: Pieter Vorster).

Audience at the November 3 Community Forum in the Stan Hagen Theater of North Island college (Photo credit: Pieter Vorster).

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

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