Community Forest

/Community Forest
Community Forest 2020-01-09T15:16:02-08:00

Mission Statement:
To facilitate the active participation of the community in the stewardship of the land base and to demonstrate its capability to practice exemplary stewardship of an extremely complex, diverse and rich area while practicing sound and viable use of resources.

Community Forest Details:
Structure:
Community Forest Tenure is in the name of the District of Fort St. James. Governance is by the municipal council consisting of Mayor and four councilors. Council has contracted with KDL Group to manage the community forest operations.

Witch Lake
Located approximately 100km North of Fort St. James the Witch Lake license was incorporated into the Fort St. James Community Forest in 2013 as an expansion to the license. This portion of the forest license totals 12,019 ha or 53% of the total community forest area.

Murray Ridge
Located aproximately 15km from Fort St. James the Murray ridge license is a unique asset providing both timber harvesting operations and outdoor recreation opportunities. In addition to forming a part of the Community Forest License, this area is also protected from harvesting to serve as the Murray Ridge Ski Area providing high quality alpine skiing to visitors and residents alike. The Murray Ridge forest tenure was a part of the original community forest request to the Ministry of Forests in 2001.

Dog Creek
Located approximately 25km from Forts St. James the Dog Creek forest license was a part of the original submission to the Ministry of Forests in 2001. In 2018 the Dog Creek area was impacted by the Shovel Lake Wildfire which burnt several seedling plantations and setback silviculture operations in the area. In the Spring of 2019 this area benefited from replanting operations in an effort to restore the affected area.

  • Tenure: Community Forest Agreement
  • Volume (ACC): 33,115 m3
  • Land Base: 22,780 ha
  • Timber Harvesting Land Base: 21,327 ha

Newsletter:
2019 Winter
2016 Summer
2015 Summer
2013 Winter
2009 Spring

Want to Learn More About Our Community?
Click HERE to learn about sustainable forestry and how the District of Fort St. James Manages the Community Forest. Contact the District of Fort St. James at district@fortstjames.ca or 250-996-8233.

Interested in alpine or Cross Country skiing and the Murray Ridge Ski Area? Visit their website at murrayridge.com. Learn more about recreation opportunities in Fort St. James HERE.