Field Sawmill Site Community Forum Tuesday, November 3rd

Project Watershed, with the support of North Island College, is hosting a community forum about our vision for the restoration and long-term conservation of the decommissioned Field Sawmill site.

Date: November 3rd, 2015

Location: Stan Hagen Theater, North Island College.

Doors open: 6:45pm. Displays will be present and the forum will start at 7:15 pm.

The forum is an informal community Open House with our supporters, local stewardship groups and interested members of the general public. We have received support for this project from the City of Courtenay, the K’ómoks First Nation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and other environmental organizations. We feel that hearing from the local community is an essential next step and part of our due diligence process for this project. The objectives of the open house are to:

  1. Communicate our restoration and conservation vision for the property;
  2. Gauge from those attending the Open House the level of support for this project in the community; and
  3. Solicit input regarding particular constraints, issues or design features that we should consider.

The program will feature a presentation by Jennifer Sutherst, Project Watershed Staff Biologist and Estuary Coordinator; Tim Ennis, Director Project Watershed and one of the key people involved in the Campbell River Restorations; and Darcy Miller, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Puntledge Hatchery Manager.

Facilitator Sandra Borton will moderate a panel to take questions from the audience.

“Every time I give talks locally about our efforts in the estuary, I get questions relating to the decommissioned Field site and the major eyesore it is for our community,” comments Paul Horgen, Chair of the Board for Project Watershed. “This is an opportunity for the public to give us their feelings and input.”

Project Watershed has been in operation since 1993 and its mission involves environmental stewardship. Our most recent public stewardship activities involve shoreline restorations at the Royston Seaside trail, planting eelgrass in the estuary, and breaching the airpark lagoon.

Forum seating will be made available by RSVP and will be based on a first come first serve basis. For more information visit this page – https://projectwatershed.ca/fields-sawmill-restoration-vision/.

Please RSVP to Lisa La Rose by email (ad.projectwatershed@gmail.com) or phone 250-703-2871.

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