The first phase of the CSSP, completed in the
fall of 2016, was a 3 year pilot project to engage community and to change
attitudes regarding the value of riparian areas and to involve shoreline owners
who wished to return their riparian zones to a healthy state.
Based upon conversations with waterfront property
owners during visits with them, there has been a positive change of attitudes
and behaviour with respect to natural riparian areas due to our activities.
This is reflected in the interest shown in riparian restoration by property
owners. In the beginning of the project, we sought out property
owners who might be interested in riparian restoration of their property.
By the end of the project we were finding that the roles had changed, now
property owners were seeking us in order to have their properties restored.
Below, you will find:
Project Summary Report
Project Detailed Yearly Reports
Photo Gallery of Project
Here is a summary of what we have accomplished under the Pilot Project:
- restored 8,167 square metres of habitat by
- planting 4,570 plants on
- 22 properties on Cowichan Lake and Cowichan River.
Each property now has a “Shoreline Steward”
driveway sign that calls attention to their participation in the program.
We have produced a Riparian Care &
Maintenance Manual, a valuable resource regarding the identification, care
and maintenance of all riparian plants.
Click here to see it.
Participants were identified through the
landowner education component of CSSP where CLRSS volunteers knocked on doors
and talked to individual owners about the benefits of natural vegetation on
their foreshores. To date, we have completed 282 of these “riparian
We also administered 227 surveys that measure
owners’ knowledge of riparian protection bylaws and their personal preferences
for balancing their recreational needs with the ecological value of retaining
natural shoreline vegetation on their properties.
Restored sites were used as demonstrations for
riparian tours led by the Project’s Manager. The 7 tours conducted have
proven successful in engaging a wider audience including: media, politicians,
individual property owners, and members of other watershed groups.
Community engagement was also realized through
the CLRSS website and Facebook page as well as articles in the local
newspaper. We also featured CSSP when participating in community events.
Besides the aforementioned results which are
easily measureable, another achievement is the affect the project had upon the
young adults who have worked with us doing riparian restoration. Each
has turned into a riparian ambassador, spreading the word about the value of
the riparian zone and some have even gone on to pursue higher education in
Project work was funded primarily by grants,
but also by property owner donations. We would like to thank and acknowledge
Fisheries and Oceans (Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership
Climate Change Canada (EcoAction Community Funding Program)
Foundation (Island Savings Community Endowment)
Conservation Trust Fund
||And of course . .
the many CLRSS volunteers
Project Property Owners
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CSSP Summer 2016 Report
Here is the concluding report for the Pilot Phase:
2016 Final Report
CSSP Summer 2015 Report
For complete details of what we have accomplished in 2015 click on the following:
CSSP 2015 Detailed Report
CSSP Summer 2014 Report
In the first year of the project we completed many important things
making door to door visits of approximately 100 lakeshore residences to
talk about the health of the Lake
completion of surveys to determine concerns of Lake residents
and most importantly, working to repair and restore riparian habitat
around the Lake
CSSP 2014 Detailed Report
Our CLRSS 5 person summer work crew, consisting of a VIU student supervisor &
4 Lake Cowichan high school students,
worked diligently to complete riparian restoration work on seven properties
around the Lake.
consultation with property owners on developing a planting plan to restore
their riparian zone to its native state
invasive plant removal & planting preparation
planting of 2500+ native plants
erection of deer fencing
We completed two projects on communal sites. One in Honeymoon Bay at
the Paradise RV Park and the other on Lake Cowichan First Nations property on
North Shore Road.
Paradise RV Park July 5th
The CLRSS work crew led 34 volunteers from the RV Park and CLRSS to restore a
640 square meter area of foreshore, planting 527 native plants.
After the hard work, a hamburger and hot dog BBQ, provided by the Paradise RV
folks, was enjoyed by all. On August 26th the CLRSS work crew
returned to weed the whole area.
Lake Cowichan First Nations July 26th
At the Lake Cowichan First Nation's site on North Shore road the CLRSS work crew led 33 volunteers from Lake Cowichan First Nations, the
CLRSS & other stewardship organizations in the replanting of 853 native plants
in a 1,500 square meter foreshore area.
Individual Owner Sites
The CLRSS summer work crew worked on five properties around the Lake.
Working together with the property owners 1,154 native plants were
planted. Some of the plantings addressed beach erosion problems as well as
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