Haig-Brown Kingfisher Creek Restoration

The Haig-Brown Kingfisher Creek Restoration Project was started in 2015 to restore and enhance in-stream and riparian habitat for coho and chum salmon, and cutthroat trout in the creek.  It was named after Roderick Haig-Brown, the renowned Campbell River conservationist.  The creek now runs through the Haig-Brown House property.

The creek has an interesting history and has been a passionate project of the community for many years.  The two branches of the creek have at various points been logged, moved, culverted, daylighted and partially daylighted over the past century. 

The 2015/2016 project was developed when the Kingfisher Creek Stewards observed that the flow in the West Branch was not flowing correctly, and the bifurcation structure on the East Branch was often being plugged with debris.  The failure of both of these man-made sections of the creek at the site of previous restorations required expert advice to determine how best to increase the creek’s ecological functioning.

Greenways Land Trust led the development of a restoration project, and the City of Campbell River, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Campbell River Salmon Foundation, and the Kingfisher Creek Stewards joined the project as funders and supporters.

The project started with an expert habitat assessment in July 2015, which lead to the development of restoration prescriptions.  From August 2015 – March 2016, the project repaired some of the most obvious salmon barriers, including altering failing rock weirs, stabilizing banks and digging a 200m portion of new stream channel on the West Branch to create better access to spawning habitat upstream.  The project also assisted the creek's riparian vegetation in its continued recovery, including alder thinning and native species planting to quicken the natural ecological succession of the riparian vegetation in previously restored areas.  Due to unforeseen difficulties with removing the bifurcation structure, this part of the project was postponed until more consultation could be carried out and a path forward developed with all of the affected stakeholders such as the City of Campbell River and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.  Another project to continue the restoration has been developed and Greenways is actively seeking funding for Phase 2 of the restoration.

Greenways gives a special thank you to Fisheries and Oceans Canada Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program and the Campbell River Salmon Foundation for their financial support of the Haig-Brown Kingfisher Creek Restoration Phase 1.

 

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