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SFI supports steelhead restoration in B.C.


February 2, 2018
By Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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Feb. 2, 2018 – The steelhead is an endangered species in many parts of North America, and is at risk of becoming endangered in the Fraser Basin in British Columbia.

Having long sustained Indigenous people, steelhead are also central to cultural values and the region’s recreational fishery. With the support of a 2017 grant from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Fraser Basin Council formed the Thompson Steelhead Working Group (TSWG) – a collaborative effort between SFI; BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; Cook’s Ferry Indian Band; Secwepemc Fisheries Commission; and SFI Program Participants BC Timber Sales, Stuwix Resources, and West Fraser Mills.

The goals of the TSWG are to support First Nations values related to steelhead, and to enhance forest management to improve water quality, temperature, and reduce sedimentation. The group also hopes to gain wider community commitments for steelhead recovery, and to return wild steelhead populations to levels that produce sustainable ecological, social, and economic benefits for all.