August 17, 2005 16:04 ET

CN announces partnership with Pacific Salmon Foundation to support a long-term recovery plan in the Cheakamus River

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 17, 2005) - CN announced today it has joined Pacific Salmon Foundation's efforts to help recover Pacific salmon populations in the Squamish River watershed, including the Cheakamus River.

Earlier this year, Pacific Salmon Foundation started taking the first steps toward the recovery of Pacific salmon and the overall health of the Squamish River watershed and its tributaries. CN has now joined the project and will provide financial support as required over the next five years to help with the Squamish River Watershed Recovery Plan.

Peter Marshall, senior vice-president for CN's Western Canada Region, said: "Pacific Salmon Foundation has been exemplary in their ability to create partnerships between governments, First Nations, non-profit organizations, corporations and communities. CN is committed to the Pacific salmon recovery in the Squamish watershed and we look forward to working with Pacific Salmon Foundation and its partners in this important effort."

Dr. Paul Kariya, executive director of Pacific Salmon Foundation, said: "With this long-term commitment, CN has demonstrated its dedication to the recovery of Pacific salmon in British Columbia. Working with CN, the provincial Living Rivers Trust, the Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund Society, the Squamish First Nation, the Squamish River Recovery Team and community partners have the ability to recover Pacific salmon in the Squamish River watershed and the Cheakamus River."

The Squamish River watershed is a large, complex ecosystem that encompasses approximately 3,650 km2. It is the largest watershed within the Straight of Georgia and entirely within the traditional territory of the Squamish First Nation. The area is vital habitat for fish species, marine and terrestrial mammals and birds, invertebrates and all six species of Pacific salmon, including steelhead.

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Contact Information

  • CN
    Graham Dallas
    (604) 589-6512
    Pacific Salmon Foundation
    Dr. Paul Kariya
    (604) 664-7664