The Haida Nation and the Nature Conservancy of Canada are partnering to restore a heavily logged area near Gamadiis Port Clements.
The lot, located in the Kumdis Slough area of Haida Gwaii, contains significant ecological and cultural features, but was subjected to environmentally destructive logging in 2010.
Haida Nation President kil tlaats ‘gaa Peter Lantin says the agreement with the NCC will see restoration and co-management of the land for future generations.
NCC also acquired a neighbouring parcel which reaches into Kumdis Slough and is forested in old-growth Sitka spruce and western red-cedar. The two parcels total 170 acres and were the last lands along the estuary not under some form of protection.
The lands, once called a “fish factory” by a biologist due to the rare combination of streams, wetland, and proximity to the Kumdis estuary, will see major restoration by Haida Fisheries and DFO.