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Specially selected for Canada Water Week, the Central Westcoast Forest Society project hopes to provide training and skills in resource management, training to manage local watersheds, fishing levels and more; skills important to continue to protect this beautiful area of costal BC.
What is the challenge you are trying to address?
The recent downturn in the economy has adversely affected our community and has led to a significant number of job losses. This has resulted in an erosion in the employment base throughout our rural area. The recession has been much more pronounced in communities such as ours and has resulted in a marked increase general migration of population away from this area towards areas with more favourable employment prospects.
Our project aims to help build local capacity, inspire an interest in environmental stewardship and ecosystem management, and to help promote sustaianble community-based planning. By providing training and skills development we can help our community members obtain meaningful employment here in industries that currently outsource for resource management professionals.
Employment opportunites are just around the corner, training is needed to help keep the oportunites local. Envrionmental monitors will be needed for the planned community expansion, restoation and enhancement projects planned for the summer of 2012.
What is your proposed solution?
The Clayoquot Watershed Project will provide two individuals with the certificates and training needed to provide meaning full time long-term employment within their local community.
How will you use this money?
The funding is for 7 days practical review of standard fish habitat assessment methods, water quality sampling, and environmental monitoring techniques. Participants will learn to complete advanced fish habitat assessment procedures. Participants will also learn standard freshwater sampling measures, as well as spend time in field and lab-based sessions learning to operate various types of sampling equipment.
What would you say to someone considering donating to your project?
Please consider donating generously to help youth in our community have access to training and skills development to fulfill their interest and passions and to promote a sustainable future.
Central Westcoast Forest Society is a local charitable non-profit based on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Central Westcoast Forest Society focuses on ecosystem restoration, research and monitoring and the development of recreational and educational opportunities and infrastructure on Vancouver Island.