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.
The Nuu-cha-nulth name for the Walbran River, Kaxi;ks, which translates as ‘Big River’ is taken from Between Ports Alberni and Renfrew by Eugene Arima and Denis St Clair, Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa, 1991. The above map, which is adapted with permission, also shows the village site of Qwa-ba-diwa which is located near the mouth of the Caramanah Creek. The First Nations families from there are attempting to get their main form of transport to and from the old village site repaired and the FoCW has been helping them. The boat was damaged in a wind storm in August 2015; the aluminum has recently been welded but now it needs help with the following, a new/used marine radio, a new/used depth sounder/GPS and a marine compass. It also needs the 5hp Yamaha ‘kicker’ outboard rebuilt as it has suffered damage from salt water. Contact us by email if you can help and any funds are also appreciated, donate to our Gofundme and tag it as ‘boat repair’. Thanks.
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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