K'omoks First Nation
This project is restoring a former industrial sawmill site in the heart of the K'ómoks Estuary to its pre-development state. The final vision for the work is to restore biodiversity, cultural, and watershed values, while also contributing to climate resilience. The project is restoring 8.3 acres of tidal marsh and riparian forest, connecting them to an already protected and conserved area of healthy estuary. The restoration plans are designed to restore natural biodiversity with a special focus on salmonids, mitigate climate change impacts (via flood attenuation, sea level rise adaptation, and carbon sequestration), and restore cultural and traditional uses of the site by KFN community members. This project is significant not only for its ecological benefit to our estuary and community, but as a significant step forward within the Valley towards reconciliation and recognition of Indigenous leadership in ecological and cultural resilience. After successful restoration, the land will be rematriated to its traditional stewards, the K’ómoks First Nation.
Photo: Claire Sauvage-Mar, Watersheds BC