In modern times, ʕaḥuusʔatḥ Stewardship Guardians support the Haw’ił to monitor and steward ʕaḥuusʔatḥ haḥuułii. The ʕaḥuusʔatḥ Stewardship Guardian Program is responsible for a variety of stewardship activities, including large-scale salmon habitat restoration projects in watersheds throughout the haḥuułii, monitoring the impact of industry on local ecosystems and conducting research projects such as surveying the rebounding sea star population. All research partners are expected to meet Ahousaht’s research protocol requirements. The program combines western science and Ahousaht knowledge to support the preservation, restoration and protection of Ahousaht resources and culture for generations to come.
Further, the ʕaḥuusʔatḥ Guardian program is responsible for building and maintaining infrastructure throughout the haḥuułii, making your visit safer, more comfortable and our collective footprints less impactful. Please stick to marked trails and “leave no trace”.
As the eyes and ears out in the haḥuułii, the ʕaḥuusʔatḥ Stewardship Guardians are always on the move–from building and maintaining hiking trails, to restoring critical salmon habitat, to surveying the rebounding sea star population in the haḥuułii. You will likely spot the yellow ʕaḥuusʔatḥ Guardian boat during your visit, please take a few minutes to say hello. The Guardians are more than happy to share information to make your visit to ʕaḥuusʔatḥ haḥuułii more enjoyable.