Gibson Brothers transport wood for instream habitat on Tranquil River. The majority of wood collected will be going to the Tranquil River where CWFS has been building habitat for two years. CWFS is willing to share transport costs on a case by case basis. (Lindsay Henwood photo)

Gibson Brothers transport wood for instream habitat on Tranquil River. The majority of wood collected will be going to the Tranquil River where CWFS has been building habitat for two years. CWFS is willing to share transport costs on a case by case basis. (Lindsay Henwood photo)

Central Westcoast Forest Society is searching for wood and trees

Scrap wood will be used to help rebuild the local salmon populations near Tofino and Ucluelet.

Central Westcoast Forest Society (CWFS) is sourcing large quantities of wood for restoration projects.

The environmental non-profit requires over 1000 pieces of large wood to place in damaged rivers throughout Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds to help rebuild the local salmon population.

“Conifers are the most valuable wood for this kind of work, with cedar the most rot-resistant. Ideally, we are seeking trees 5-12m long and 20 cm or greater in diameter with the root wad still attached,” said CWFS operations manager Megan Francis.

Placing large wood back into the rivers, notes CWFS, is one of the most effective ways we have of increasing habitat quality and fish productivity within a damaged river. In-stream wood and log jams are natural occurrences and are crucial for fish habitat development.

CWFS is storing all the wood at the Gibsons pit located at the Junction. Land-owners or developers planning on clearing land this winter/spring are encouraged to contact CWFS at (250) 726-2424 or email

“We would love to take your trees off your hands. It’s a case by case sort of situation, so please get in touch,” said Francis.

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