Cheakamus Community Forest

Exploring the trees in Cheakamus Community Forest image by Mike Crane

Background

The Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) is one of more than 50 community managed forests in British Columbia. The CCF works closely with the community to share information, identify and resolve issues.

Situated on more than 33,000 hectares surrounding Whistler, BC, the Cheakamus Community Forest was established in April 2009, when the Lil’wat Nation, and Squamish Nation, and the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) signed a 25-year tenure with the provincial Ministry of Forests and Range. Together, these three equal partners oversee the management and operation of the forest.

The CCF operates under its Ecosystem-based Management approach meaning that more of the land base is set aside to protect more of what the community values such as streams, views, recreation areas and old growth than under regular forest practices. Of the 33,000 hectares managed by the CCF, approximately 15,000 hectares are protected from being logged through a variety of legal and voluntary mechanisms. Under this management approach, an average of 40 hectares per year will be harvested.

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.

Resources

Contact

Luisa Burhenne
Manager, Environmental Stewardship
lburhenne@whistler.ca

The Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) hosted a virtual open house webinar on March 29 to share information about 2020 activities and plans for 2021 harvesting and wildfire fuel reduction projects.

Survey
To provide your feedback about the Cheakamus Community Forest 2020 activities and plans for 2021 harvesting and wildfire fuel reduction projects, please partake in the 2021 Cheakamus Community Forest Open House Survey. The survey will be open until April 11, 2021.

Q&A document
A document containing all of the questions and answers from the webinar will be published on this page in the coming days. No personal information will be published.

Video recording