October Trail Work


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.

Trail and Boardwalk work.

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On April 8th-9th-10th the FoCW and the Wilderness Committee held a jointly organized work party in the Central Walbran to carry out much needed upgrades to the trail systems. These trails lead to some of the significant trees within this unprotected area. Work this time was focused on the ‘Tolkein’ Giant Trail as it is in a wet lowland area that was showing signs of erosion due to hiker traffic. A viewing platform and bench was also built near the base of the Giant tree.

Over 500 feet of new boardwalk was added to protect the roots of the giant trees and the fragile forest ground that supports them. This project provides crucial infrastructure towards the continuing growth of the Tall Trees Tourist economy, which is a sustainable alternative for local communities instead of the proposed clear-cut logging of these ancient forests.

These work parties are ongoing if you would like to volunteer or contribute please contact the FoCW or the W.C

Carmanah And Her Hereditary Guardians: A narrative account by HIS-TAH-TOO-QUAH (1992)

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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