Through the past decade Skeetchestn has taken a leadership role in the stewardship of the Deadman Watershed and spearheaded many habitat enhancement projects along the banks of Deadman Creek.
Under the direction of Fisheries Supervisor Don Ignace, the Band operates an adult counting fence, collects data each year on the productivity of the Deadman for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and, in conjunction with the Provincial Environment, constructed the first permanent electronic fish counter in North America.
Increasingly, Don’s environmental expertise in the areas of riparian restoration and salmon habitat enhancement are serving off-reserve projects. He was hired to serve as environmental monitor on a large repair project at the Walhachin Bridge, and is routinely asked by DFO to advise on sites beyond the Band’s Traditional Territory. He has also assisted North Thompson, Bonaparte and Okanagan Bands on various habitat enhancement projects.
For more information on Skeetchestn’s environmental consultative services, call the Natural Resources Corporation 250-373-2493.