“It’s this classic, ‘Build and they will come,’ Field of Dreams-type thing,” says Dr. Ken Ashley, faculty director for the BCIT Rivers Institute. He expects other wildlife and birds will take a liking to the habitat, too.
This two-year long project is intended to restore the barren Seymour River Estuary in North Vancouver. Directed by Ken Ashley and assistant instructor Dave Harper, a team of students and graduates of BCIT ecological restoration program secured large woody debris structures to boulders using 1/2” (diameter) steel cable and epoxy cements, in the newly designed inter-tidal zone at the Seymour spit.
Large woody debris add structure complexity to the fish habitat, ensure cover from predators and help in the establishment of a healthy intertidal vegetation cover.
Metro Vancouver, British Columbia Conservation Foundation, BCIT Rivers Institute, Squamish Nation, Living Rivers Trust Fund, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the City of North Vancouver are some of the partners involved in this project.