Cheakamus Community Forest
The Cheakamus Community Forest encompasses more than 30,000 hectares of land surrounding Whistler.
It was established in April 2009 when the Lil’wat and Squamish First Nations and the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) jointly signed a 25-year tenure with the B.C. Ministry of Forests and Range. These three equal partners oversee the management and operation of the forest under the auspices of the Cheakamus Community Forest Society, an independent not-for-profit organization.
Community forests are different from other tenures because they are managed by the community, for the benefit of the community. The Cheakamus Community Forest actively works with local stakeholders to develop forest harvesting and management plans that benefit the larger community, such as protecting viewsheds, cultural assets, important habitats, and combining logging activities with trail building.
The Cheakamus Community Forest Society seeks continual input on each year’s harvesting plans from public and stakeholder groups.
The Cheakamus Community Forest Society reaches out through open houses, newspaper articles, workshops, presentations, and site tours with local organizations such as the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE), WORCA, and an extensive stakeholders email list.
Open houses are held in the spring and fall of each year to review proposed harvesting plans and work conducted in the previous season. As a community forest, it will be most successful when the public continues to share its priorities and concerns.
Whistler Forest History
The Whistler area has a long history in forestry, and the Cheakamus Community Forest is the latest development in forest management.
Learn more about Whistler’s forest history prior to the Cheakamus Community Forest by watching the Whistler Forest History Video. The video was created by local foresters and long-time residents Don MacLaurin, John Hammons and Peter Ackhurst with funding from the Community Foundation of Whistler and support from the Whistler Museum and Archives Society.
Cheakamus Community Forest Website
Learn more about the Cheakamus Community Forest at cheakamuscommunityforest.com