Upcoming Gravel Bar Live Staking Projects
In September 2020, large scale multi-year willow/poplar staking will continue and it will be our third year of large scale bio-engineering. We are working our way gradually downstream focusing on sections upstream of the Highway 19 Bridge crossing. We have also been planting sitka spruce seedlings in the alder dominated riparian understory. So far we have planted nearly 2,000 trees. We are always looking for volunteers to help collect willow cuttings for this ambitious project. Click here if you are interested in helping.
Other Projects- Lower Tsolum
We are continuing to work with the K’omoks First Nation (KFN) to secure funding for the lower Tsolum gravel bar removal project. The project will focus on the protection of KFN land which contains archaeological sites of importance. The TRRS, partnering with the K’ómoks First Nation and supported by TimberWest, has applied for funding from the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund and Pacific Salmon Foundation to continue to address the lower Tsolum flooding issues.
Temperature Monitoring Study
In the summer of 2019 we partnered with BCIT/SFU to conduct a temperature monitoring study in the mid watershed. The focus of the study was to identify potential groundwater sources, to measure correlations between riparian status and instream temperature, and to compare current water temperatures to historical temperatures. An SFU Masters student candidate, Kate O'Neill, was the lead on this applied research project that was part of her Masters thesis in Ecological Restoration. Data has been gathered and report should be finalized in March 2020 to be presented at our Annual General Meeting.