Plans underway for continued restoration work on the Cheticamp River

The Cheticamp River Salmon Association is continuing its partnership with Cape Breton Highlands National Park and planning for a third phase of habitat restoration work on the Cheticamp River. The work planned for this year will build on work completed in the first two phases of the project (2014 and 2015), aiming to improve fish passage at critically overwidened sites on the lower river.

 Part of the habitat restoration team (from left, Rene Aucoin, President of the CRSA, Lewis Hinks, Director of Programs for NS with the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and Archie Doucette, with Parks Canada) looking at the work completed at Fence Pool last year, and discussing plans for Phase III work

Part of the habitat restoration team (from left, Rene Aucoin, President of the CRSA, Lewis Hinks, Director of Programs for NS with the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and Archie Doucette, with Parks Canada) looking at the work completed at Fence Pool last year, and discussing plans for Phase III work

We will be sharing more information on this project as preparations get underway. In the meantime, here are some photos of recent work completed on the Salmon Pools trail, a Parks Canada trail that the habitat restoration team used as one of the main access routes for Phase II work sites. Conditions on the trail have been improved as far as the Fence Pool in order to allow the safe passage of heavy equipment and the delivery of materials for the instream structures at upper work sites.

 Bulldozer working to smooth the surface on the Salmon Pools trail

Bulldozer working to smooth the surface on the Salmon Pools trail

 Truck unloading material on to help level and improve conditions on the Salmon Pools trail   

Truck unloading material on to help level and improve conditions on the Salmon Pools trail

 

Looking forward to another busy and exciting field season. Stay tuned for further updates.