Restoring riparian habitat in the Puntledge River Watershed

Project Year: 2020-2021

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Project Lead

Comox Valley Project Watershed Society


Coastal Region


Project Type

Habitat-Based Actions

FWCP Contribution


Action Plan Alignment

Rivers, Lakes & Reservoirs

Project ID


Kus-kus-sum Restoration Phase I: Unpaving Paradise

The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society will lead this project to restore the Kus-kus-sum conservation lands located along the salmonid migration corridor that connects the K’ómoks Estuary to upper watershed spawning habitats in the Puntledge and Tsolum watersheds. The former sawmill site will be restored and will eventually provide suitable habitat for fish and wildlife. This project will define the restoration plan and work toward the removal of paved surfaces, derelict buildings, and concrete currently covering 8.3 acres of the site.

Update: Restoration of Kus-kus-sum conservation lands will improve salmon habitat

The restoration of a sawmill site along the Puntledge River is one step closer to being realized: new provincial funding will secure the purchase of the Kus-kus-sum conservation lands. We helped fund the purchase and develop the site restoration plan, which includes the removal of 3.36 ha of concrete and metal cladding along the shoreline. Restoration will improve habitat and increase survival for Chinook salmon and other species at this site of cultural and environmental significance to the K’omoks First Nation.

Kus-kus-sum project update – MyCampbellRiverNow

Island First Nation, city collaborating on restoration of former sawmill site – CTV News