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. Our vision is to create 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 Estuary. It’s a big job and it’s going to take a lot of work, we hope you will join us in creating this legacy. On this page you can follow our progress through blogs posts and donate to this cause.

Signs of Abundance Tour – The information on this page compliments that which appears on the sign that has recently been erected north of the Courtenay Marina on the Riverway Walk. To go to the map of all the signs in this series click here. For more information on salt marsh habitat, habitat we would be reestablishing at the Kus Kus Sum site visit the Macdonald Wood Park page.

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Emotional kick-off for sawmill site restoration project

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 […]

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

Restoration Vision

History of the Fields Sawmill Site

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Photos of the Site

  • 1931

    Courtenay River Airphoto showing Future Site of Fields Saw Mill

  • 1958

    Field Sawmill in the background before sheet piling and in filling

  • 1970’s

    Field Sawmill in Operation

  • 1970’s

    Aerial of Sawmill in Operation

  • 2010

    On Site Flooding

  • Future

    Restoration Possibilities