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 complements 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, the habitat we will be reestablishing at the Kus Kus Sum site visit the Macdonald Wood Park page.

Press Announcement

12/09/2017

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

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.”

Blog Posts

Fields Sawmill Restoration Vision

Comox Valley Project Watershed Society (PW) has launched an initiative to acquire and restore the old Fields site to a natural state to meld into the “Hollyhock Flats” conservation area adjoining the south end of this industrial property. Our vision incorporates one large contiguous conservation area with streams, wetlands, trails and signage for public education […]

Courtenay Council Candidates Consider Field Sawmill Site

With an election coming in a few days, all of the candidates running in Courtenay are firming up their platforms. One of the important issues facing our beautiful community and is on the minds of not only citizens of Courtenay,  but all of us who have chosen the Comox Valley as our home, is the […]

Reclaiming Field Sawmill

Project Watershed and the Estuary Working Group have been developing restoration possibilities for the Field Sawmill site since 2009. “It is our belief that this property has the potential to become a highlight of a restored K’ómoks Estuary, itself a signature feature of the Comox Valley” states Don Castleden, Chair of the Estuary Working Group. […]

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

  • 2000’s

    Aerial of Sawmill in Operation

  • 2010

    On Site Flooding

  • Future

    Restoration Possibilities

Restoration in Campbell River

of Sawmill and Log Booming area