Healthy forests abundant with social, ecological and economic benefits.
To be outstanding stewards, managing forest resources for environmental sustainability and economic stability while providing education and recreation opportunities in the Creston Valley.
History of the Creston Community Forest
(Creston Valley Forest Corporation)
In January 1996, the government of British Columbia announced that a Forest Licence to harvest 15,000 m3 per year would be made available in areas adjacent to Creston. One of the areas to be opened for tenure included the Arrow Creek watershed. Timber harvesting within this drainage had always been a contentious issue since industrial logging last took place in 1972. As a response to local concerns, five Creston organizations submitted an application to the BC government for the license. The group was awarded a 15 year Non-Replaceable forest license in 1997 and formed the Creston Valley Forest Corporation.
In October 2008, the Community Forest was awarded a Probationary Community Forest Agreement (PCFA), which later transitioned into a 25 year community forest agreement. In 2016, the Creston Community Forest recieved an area expansion and increase to its Allowable Annual Cut, which is now at 25,000 m3/year.
The current shareholders include:
- Town of Creston
- Regional District of Central Kootenay
- Erickson Community Association
- Trails for Creston Valley Society
A ten member Board of Directors governs the Community Forest (five from the community at large and one representing each shareholder). Our office is located at 121 Northwest Blvd., Creston, B.C. (in the Chamber of Commerce building)
The Corporation has two permanent employees, a Forest Manager and an Administrative clerk. The Community Forest contracts all other operational work such as logging and tree planting to local contractors.
Board of Directors
John Chisamore (Chair) – Regional District of Central Kootenay, Retired Teacher
Brian Churchill, Wildsight – Creston Valley, Registered Professional Biologist
Jim Elford – Town of Creston, Councilor
Brad Rae – Erickson Community Association, Gas Technician
Mark Saunders – Trails for Creston Valley Society, Carpenter
Jerry Bauer – Community Director, Registered Professional Forester
Mervyn Syroteuk – Community Director, Retired Parks Canada Superintendent
Linda Wallace – Community Director, Retired Economic Development Officer
Gary Sommerfeld – Community Director, Retired Mechanic
Marc-Andre Beaucher – Community Director, Registered Professional Biologist
Goals Objectives & Guiding Principles
Benefits of the Community Forest include:
- Creation of 10+ (full-time, part-time and summer) jobs during the year.
- Our largest customers over the years have included Wynndel Box and Lumber, JH Huscroft Ltd. and Hidden Valley Wood Fibre.
- We encourage other value added businesses through access to a secure log supply.
- We provide educational opportunities for local elementary and high school students.
- Donation of funds to local charities including some of the follwing: Creston Valley Thundercats, Tipi Camp, Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.