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Salmon Stream Stewardship

Comox Valley Salmon Stream Stewardship Project

Final Report

In 1999 a five-year project, the “Comox Valley Salmon Streams Stewardship Project“, was created within the Sensitive Habitat Stewardship Program operated by Comox Valley Project Watershed Society.

The objectives of the Comox Valley Salmon Stream Stewardship Project flow from the objectives of the Sensitive Habitat Stewardship Program, which are:

  • ~ Sensitive Habitat Surveys: to inventory and verify (ground truth) watercourses, wetlands and other sensitive habitat areas for updates and additions to the digital Comox Valley Sensitive Habitat (CVSH) Atlas, and to provide detailed descriptions of biophysical information that can aid in land use decision-making and watershed planning.
  • ~ Geographic Information System (GIS) Development: to digitize field information and manage data for updates and additions to the digital CVSH Atlas; to centralize watershed information for easier access by the community-at-large; and to raise awareness about sensitive habitat (locations).
  • ~ Community Partnerships: to increase public awareness of and involvement in watershed stewardship; and, in turn, to foster a coordinated effort locally to increase information exchange among partners and to reduce potential land use conflicts.

 

The salmon streams treated between 1999 and 2005 in the project included: Millard Creek, Piercy Creek, Brooklyn Creek, Glen Urquhart Creek, Mallard Creek, Morrison Creek, Arden Creek, Roy Creek, and Hart/Washer Creek, Perseverance Creek, Beacon Creek, Black Creek, small tributaries of the Puntledge River, Oyster River, Trent River and Pup Creek and Finlay Creek which are tributaries of the Tsolum River.

This project built on landowner contact and sensitive habitat information gathered during the Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping (SHIM) work completed in the Comox Valley between 1998-1999.

Additional objectives developed during the project were to:

  • ~ Enhance our capacity to apply Trimble Pathfinder GPS technology and Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping (SHIM) methods and Coastal Shoreline Inventory Methods (CSHIM) to collect data for community awareness and planning purposes,
  • ~ Continue to acquire and compile watershed information and make it more user-friendly with GIS (Arcview) technology and Internet Information Technology ,
  • ~ Develop more community partnerships with long-term relationships through networking, program development, and providing training and library resources through a “conservation centre” approach,
  • ~ Increase stewardship in the community by integrating volunteers into the mapping and inventory as well as library development work, building their capacity to act as long-term stewards.
  • ~ Assist in the formation of the Community Mapping Network to provide guidance and leadership to communities interested in developing projects and products that increase sensitive habitat stewardship.
  • ~ Integrate our sensitive habitat mapping/ inventory activities, landowner contact and community awareness projects into a one-stop local “Community Conservation Centre” complete with a catalogued library, field equipment loan system, computer terminal access, and Streamkeepers and Wetlandkeepers courses.

Should you need to view the report, and its 2 appendices, please contact us.

2011 Comox Valley Conservation Calendar coming out in October!!

The first-ever Comox Valley Conservation Calendar is being published this year by the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy!!

The calendar will be out in a few weeks, and features beautiful photos of local natural areas taken by local photographers. The calendar also gives information about local environmental groups and their activities to protect and restore natural areas and sensitive habitats in the Comox Valley. Funds from this calendar will be used to support the member groups of the CVCS: including the Comox Valley Land TrustTsolumn River Restoration SocietyProject WatershedBrooklyn Creek Watershed SocietyMillard-Piercy Watershed StewardsComox Valley Waterwatch CoalitionMorrison Creek Streamkeepers, Oyster River Watershed Management Committee and more!

The calendar is a fabulous educational tool as well as a fundraiser – it offers pertinent conservation information about wetlands, riparian areas, invasive species and information on the local conservation groups working in the Valley, along with their websites and contact information.

If you know of local stores that would be willing to take and sell the calendars or allow us to set up a table and sell calendars before Christmas time – please let us know!!!!

To order calendars, people can contact either Caila at Project Watershed at 703-2871, or Kerry at the Conservation Strategy at 339-1029.  Pricing is still to be determined but will likely be:

  • $15 for 1
  • $25 for 2
  • $33 for 3
  • $40 for 4

I’ve attached a PDF Poster – please pass it around to everyone to help us publicize – or even print one off and put it up at your workplace or office!!!

Thanks so much!!!

Kerry

Nature Without Borders
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Kerry Dawson
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Comox Valley Conservation Strategy
(250) 339-1029

www.cvconservationstrategy.org

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Calendar Poster from Comox Valley Conservation Strategy

Dave Davies from the DFO talks about our estuary.

Dave Davies from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans speaks to Shaw about the Courtenay River Estuary in this short community clip.

(Contact Project Watershed via projectwatershed@shaw.ca if you are interested in taking a wetlandkeepers or streamkeepers course.)

Many thanks to Shaw TV for Keeping It Living by sharing this footage.

Michelle Jones – biodiversity in the Courtenay River Estuary

Biologist Michele Jones from Mimulus Biological Consultants speaks to Shaw about the Courtenay River Estuary and its wealth of biodiversity in this short community clip.

(Contact Project Watershed via projectwatershed@shaw.ca if you are interested in taking a wetlandkeepers or streamkeepers course.)

Many thanks to Shaw TV for Keeping It Living by sharing this footage.