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Next Regular Meeting


June  3rd

6:30 PM


Country Grocer

Meeting Room

Lake Cowichan

Click here for draft agenda!

Minutes of Last Meeting, click here!

2018 AGM Minutes (draft)

Upcoming Events



June 23rd 10 am - Noon

Annual General Meeting. 

In the Curling Lounge of the Cowichan Lake Arena


July 7th Noon - 4 PM


Details to be announced


Aug. 18th 8:30 - 1:30

Annual River Clean Up & Bottle Drive

Central Park, Lake Cowichan


Other Events

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Annual General Meeting

June 23rd 10 am - Noon


Meet us at the Cowichan Lake Arena

Join or renew your membership!

Meet your fellow Stewards!

Make your voice heard!

Our guest Heather Pritchard, Professional Forester will be speaking on:

 Forests for Tomorrow - Sharing Insights from a Year spent preparing an ecosystem-based assessment of the Koksilah watershed

In 1913 the completion of the railroad to Lake Cowichan opened up the region to industrial scale logging.  106 years later we are now cutting second and even third growth forests in the Cowichan Lake watershed.  Understanding the forest ecosystems as they are today is a key element to weaving a substantive response to the challenges of Climate Change in our watershed.




River Clean-up 2019

Get ready to get your feet wet!  We will be on the River on Aug. 18th

For full details of the event, click here!




State of the Lake Report


We have prepared and released a new report.  Included is a summary of the issues surrounding diminished summertime water flows in the river along with our recommended solution to this problem and tips on how you can participate in advocating for it.

You will also find summaries of our current programs and upcoming activities that you may be interested in participating in.

To view the report, please click here!





Heather Pritchard, a past VP of Cowichan Lake & River Stewards, is a Registered Professional Forester with over 30 years experience in natural resource management who lives on the Cowichan River.  Heather worked for several years as a Forester in a woodlot, community forest, and the West Arm Demonstration Forest, all located in the West Kootenays.  Her management planning and harvesting plans incorporated ecosystem-based principles developed by the Silva Forest Foundation with focus on protecting community and domestic water sources.  Between 2005 and 2017, Heather worked as a Mountain Pine Beetle Specialist, Ecosystem Biologist, Riparian Areas Regulation Coordinator, and Conservation Policy Analyst with FLNRO and MOE in Nelson and Victoria.
Currently, Heather is working again as a consultant and co-authoring (with Emily Doyle-Yamaguchi) the ecosystem-based assessment of the Koksilah watershed. The Cowichan Station Area Association commissioned this project.  Heather and Emily have completed the first phase of the project describing the original character and current condition of the 30,000 hectare watershed.  In this phase we see how the Koksilah watershed was once covered with old growth forests that contained important structures like large and dead fallen trees that influenced water flows, fish and wildlife habitat, nutrient cycling, and many other natural processes.  Now, almost all of the old forests are gone replaced by younger forests, agricultural fields, and an extensive road network, significantly impacting many of the natural processes.  Heather and Emily are now working on a protected landscape network that aims to help restore important functions in the watershed.  It is hoped that the assessment will provide guidance to local governments in land use decisions and educate residents about their watershed while providing insights to everyone in the valley about the nature of our changing forests.

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