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Habitat repair lures salmon back to Clayoquot

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Dziama describes this area as the glory - the results made possible by work elsewhere to stabilize hillsides, decommission roads and re-establish natural drainage patterns.

"If there's too much sediment getting into the streams higher up, none of our work is worth anything."

Farther up Tofino Inlet, Telford's trip to Virgin Falls passes examples of other restoration work, places where gullies and slopes have been shored up to reduce runoff from roads, and deactivated roads featuring cross ditches and water bars to help handle winter rains. It can make for a bumpy ride, even in a six-person Ford four wheel drive.

None of these repair efforts detract from the beauty of Tofino Inlet and Clayoquot Sound. The serrated peaks above the tree line exhibit a permanence and grandeur no amount of human intervention could diminish.

With salmon returning in greater numbers, the wildlife that inhabits Ucluelet's backcountry will likely endure - naked revellers and all.

 To find out more about Rick Telford's backcountry tours, visit http://www.raincoastadventures.com/ or call (250) 726-7625.

 For more on the geography, history and biology of Clayoquot Sound, visit: http://www.clayoquot.org/

 For more on watershed restoration funded by Forest Renewal B.C., visit: http://www.forestrenewal.bc.ca/download/Watershed_Resotration_Pamphlet.pdf

 Ucluelet is three hours' drive from Nanaimo or five hours from Victoria, both destinations accessible from Vancouver by B.C. Ferries. Visit http://www.bcferries.com/ or call 1-888-BCFERRY