This fall, A Rocha is partnering with the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to restore a portion of the Little Campbell River.

The river historically meandered through a forested valley. This area was cleared and the river was straightened sometime during the 1970s to enable agricultural use of the river valley for livestock. Due to this alteration, the habitat has become degraded; dominated by non-native invasive plants, there is a lack of native tree cover and less pool hideouts for fish.
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Our hope is to restore the ecological function of this section of river. Meandering rivers slow down the movement of water, minimize erosion and provide calmer pools for fish. We have installed clusters of large woody debris at three points in the straightened section of river. This will enable the flowing water to naturally scour the opposite bank, re-creating a meandering path for the river. Later this fall, we will plant native trees and shrubs along the river to provide natural cover and stability for the banks.

We invite your comments and questions. Please contact Christy Juteau, Watershed Stewardship Coordinator for more information: christy.juteau@arocha.ca

Special Thanks to Our Partners

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Ecological Restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed. (Source: Society of Ecological Restoration ser.org)