The Creston Community Forest (Creston Valley Forest Corporation) is a small forest management company operating within over 21,000 hectares of land surrounding the Creston Valley. As forest stewards of these lands, our goal is to sustainably manage the surrounding forests to ensure ecosystem resiliency, as well as long-term timber production for the Creston Community.
“To be outstanding stewards, managing forest resources for environmental sustainability and economic stability while providing education and recreation opportunities in the Creston Valley.”
At the Creston Community Forest, we uphold strong values in sustainable forest management. This involves implementing timber harvest practices that are guided by ecosystem-based management, prioritizing the preservation of non-timber resources, as well as reducing our operational impact on the landscape. In doing so, we hope to ensure the health and productivity of Creston’s surrounding forests for generations to come.
The community forest is run by a board of directors comprised of ten community members, five of whom are representatives of the company’s shareholders (The Erickson Community Association, Trails for Creston Valley Society, the Regional District of Central Kootenay, the Town of Creston, and Wildsight). As seen in our mission statement, the community forest aims to protect community values and ensure economic stability within the Creston Valley. This is carried out by community-guided decision making, as well as through the creation of local jobs and local profits.
Alongside sustainable forest management, the CCF is committed to the enhancement of Creston’s social benefits. This is carried out through the development of youth forest education programs, as well as the creation and expansion of Creston’s outdoor recreation opportunities.