A few volunteers with FoCW had a chance to check and clear the hiking trails in the Central Walbran the weekend of 23rd-24th October and also try out a new cordless electric chainsaw. Thanks to the donors to our groups work that helped purchase this.
With the recent discoveries this summer of large numbers of nesting Marbled Murrelets in the vicinity of the trails it became clear that our work should be carried out during the spring and summer in as careful a way as possible to minimize disturbance and noise.
The chainsaw worked excellently providing us with a tool that can work in these sensitive areas, we will hopefully be able to get one more before the trail/visitor season starts next year.
Picture below is one of the many Ancient Western Red Cedars which were slated to be logged but is now included in the 2 year, 1500 hectare deferral in the Central Walbran. Amazing, something to celebrate and many thanks to the Pacheedaht Nation and the the many groups who have worked towards this including FoCW. We all hope this deferral will become full and permanent protection.
In July 1984 while camping with my parents Frank and Susan Knighton, my father told my wife Monique and I the story of how we, the hereditary guardians of Carmanah, came not only to own and use this place but to occupy it as the centre of our homeland.
In years gone by there was a Black Face Dance help at Tattoosh Island. This was the permanent home of out very very long ago ancestors. Tattoosh Island is just off Cape Flattery, the northernmost point of the Olympic Peninsula in what is known as Washington State, directly across the Straight of Juan de Fuca from Carmanah on the southwest coast of what is now known as Vancouver Island. In those very ancient times Carmanah and other points of both sides of the waters were owned by our family and used in the cyclic pattern of the life of out people
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TJ Watt of Ancient Forest Alliance wrote this article for Huffington Post about the Walbran Valley. Please take a chance to read this important article.
A great interview on Global News by Ancient Forest Alliance’s Executive Director, Ken Wu. Well done!