There's Something Fishy Going on in Tofino!
Valuable work is being done to restore habitat, enhance wildlife populations, and rebuild the connection between people and the environment. Central Westcoast Forest Society (CWFS) is a volunteer led group responsible for many of the important projects you may come across on your way to Clayoquot Sound.
From 1950-1980, there was a significant amount of logging along the west coast. Stream and riparian degradation compromised water quality and other necessary factors that support fish access. Spawning opportunities were limited and the salmon and trout populations have suffered. Since 1994, CWFS has been addressing these conditions with hopes of reviving the ecological integrity of this region.
According to their website, methods have included in-stream and riparian restoration, landslide stabilization, and road deactivation. Their work is easy to spot along Highway 4 as neon-vested crews work to clear culverts, position large woody debris, and replant native flora. These elements all help to maintain natural water flows and filter silty run-off that may affect spawning habitat.
Working with Hesquiaht and Ahousaht First Nations, CWFS actively participates in ecosystem-based management. Together, they are helping to accelerate natural recovery for salmon and trout populations. Look a little further upstream and you'll see why this work is so important!
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Thanks for the fish photo, Emily Grubb!