Cumberland Community Forest Society

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Mission Statement

The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) has been purchasing and protecting privately held forest lands scheduled for logging adjacent to the Village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island in British Columbia since the year 2000.  Guided by the shared belief that this forest is now worth more to our community as an intact forested watershed than as timber, the society is supported by individuals, families and businesses from Cumberland, across the Comox Valley and beyond.

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gilakas’la / čɛčɛ haθɛč, We respectfully acknowledge that we live, work and play within the traditional territory of the K'ómoks Nation
Since the year 2000 the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) has been purchasing and protecting privately held forest lands scheduled for logging adjacent to the Village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island. 
Guided by the shared belief that this forest is now worth more to our community as an intact forested watershed than as timber, the society is supported by individuals, families and businesses from Cumberland, across the Comox Valley and beyond. Protected lands become part of the Village's Cumberland Community Forest municipal nature park.  This beautiful forest is part of both the Trent and Puntledge watersheds (the Comox Valley's drinking water supply) and forms an important link in an extensive habitat corridor that connects mountains and lakes to the Salish Sea.  The area is part of an interconnected system of forests, creeks, wetlands and riparian areas and is home to Little Brown Myotis and Townsend’s Big-eared Bats, Roosevelt Elk, Western Screech-Owl and Red-legged Frogs.   Over the years, this forest has given a great deal to our community. The Village of Cumberland was built on logging and mining and the Cumberland Community Forest was a base for both activities. Today an extensive trail network winds its way through the area that contributes significantly to Cumberland's economy and quality of life. This area is enjoyed by local and visiting hikers, mountain bikers, runners, children and families, school groups and many others.  With purchases in 2005 and 2016 totaling over 110 hectares (270 acres), the society is set to make another major purchase in the next year of 91.3 hectares (226 acres) along Perseverance Creek which is a tributary that flows into Comox Lake. This new purchase area contains trails like Bronco's Perseverance, Hai Gai, Short and Curly and China Creek.  We're not done yet and donors are needed to meet forest protection goals! To find out how you can be part of this conservation community, visit: www.cumberlandforest.com

Program Details

Project Perseverance - Our current effort to purchase and protect Perseverance Creek and the adjacent lands which are all currently owned by private timber companies. Perseverance Creek flows into and is part of the Comox Lake watershed, which provides the drinking water for over 45,000 Comox Valley residents.
Cumberland Bat Project - The Cumberland Bat Project ​is a grassroots community project that brings together biologists and public educators with our community to build connection to the diverse species and ecosystems surrounding us and to collect data to support habitat protection efforts.
Forest Story Project - The forest story project is an intersectional conservation initiative that uses creatie placemaking to build community engagement in conservation efforts. Projects include a children's theatre program, story telling events, participatory art projects, puppet making, music events and more.

Primary Issue
Land
Secondary Issue
Climate Change
Address
Box 1239
Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0
Canada
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