Upper Bulkley River Streamkeepers Project

A Rocha Canada runs the Upper Bulkley River Streamkeepers Project. We work with local environmental organizations, churches, schools, governments and concerned citizens to ensure that this watershed is healthy and flourishing. Activities have included

  • Establishing a pilot coho hatchery & building the Buck Creek CANFOR hatchery
  • Researching on-land use and restoration
  • Bio-inventory surveying
  • Collecting water temperature data
  • Managing access to ensure salmon reach their spawning grounds
  • Increasing awareness using interpretive signage along trails
  • Organizing an annual fall Rivers Day event

Coordinating conservation efforts with so few people over such large distances is challenging. As the District of Houston encompasses much of the watershed, many land use issues impact this ecosystem. The river and its streams are regularly used for drinking water, residential use, forestry, farming, mining, oil and gas pipelines, hydro right of way, recreation, flood control, hunting and fishing. Monitoring the health of the watershed is important for making conservation decisions that will help both people and wildlife who use the area.

Also, check out our Streamkeepers Facebook page!

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Protecting our natural heritage

A Rocha Canada is a voice for the Upper Bulkley River watershed. Fed by tributaries (including the Buck, Byman, Barren, Mcquarrie and Richfield creeks), the Upper Bulkley River is one of the endangered watersheds in the larger Skeena River watershed — one of only two rivers in the world that still supports wild steelhead. The Upper Bulkley is home to coho, chinook, steelhead and sockeye salmon, as well as river otters, black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, mule deer, moose, coyotes, red foxes, toads, salamanders, ospreys, eagles, migratory birds and more!

Salmon habitat sign along Buck Creek. Designed by A Rocha, funded by Pacific Salmon Foundation and Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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