New website University of Washington water monitoring partnership

The CBT collaborates with the University of Washington-Tacoma to conduct ongoing water-quality research on the physical, chemical and biological oceanographic conditions in the fjords of Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds. Launched in 2000, this water sampling project is one of CBT's oldest research partnerships.

In the spring of 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Washington (UWT) Estuarine Field Studies class was replaced by an Oceanographic Data Analysis course. So students, instead of going out on boats weekly and collecting data in Puget Sound, embarked on a different (online) adventure as a research team and explored the oceanographic conditions in Clayoquot Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island (WCVI) British Columbia, Canada in 2014. The data was collected by UWT faculty and students from 8-12 September aboard the R/V Barnes

Using the 2014 data, the 2020 students created a website that focuses on reporting and analyzing the results of the sampling, but also includes a thorough overview of human history, environmental conditions, and much more well-organized information! Check out the website

Regional Forum

November 20, 2023
On Wednesday, October 18th, 2023 the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust facilitated a regional forum. Over 65 individuals convened virtually and in person on Tla-o-qui-aht territory at TinWis, fostering meaningful connections, sharing insights, and cultivating strong relationships. Participants included representatives from First Nations, local governments, organizations, businesses and individuals involved in environmental research, stewardship, restoration, and sustainable development.

Clayoquot Biosphere Project Storymap

March 24, 2022
We are excited to share an exciting new StoryMap that shares a foundational chapter in science and conservation history on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Back in the 1990s, west coast residents created a grass-roots environmental research organization called the Clayoquot Biosphere Project (CBP).

Clayoquot Sound Oceanographic Conditions: University of Washington Tacoma Study

June 30, 2021
Since 2017, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust has collaborated with the University of Washington Tacoma to conduct ongoing water-quality research on the physical, chemical and biological oceanographic conditions in the fjords of Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds. UW Tacoma has been conducting this research in the region since 2000 and have a vast collection of data as a result. This partnership is mutually beneficial as it provides us with a broader knowledge of local conditions as well as giving the students real world data collection and analysis experience.

Reflections on the book "Communities, Conservation and Livelihoods"

April 22, 2021
The book Communities, Conservation and Livelihoods, edited by Anthony Charles, is an account of these community stories recently co-published by the Community Conservation Research Network and the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEEP). When taken together, these community experiences demonstrate how each community in its own unique way has learned the value of working together when guided by shared conservation principles and partnerships for mobilizing support for local economic and ecological solutions.