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Name the Trail!

Volunteers have been busy working to help make the Community Forest’s goal of a Summer 2018 trail opening a reality. The new hiking trail, which begins at the end of Helen Street (directly east of the Town of Creston public works yard), is now complete. Finalizations such as trail signage, the installation of benches and a trailhead kiosk have yet to be completed, but the trail itself is ready for foot traffic.

The trail has yet named and we would like to invite the public to... provide input! Suggestions can be made by placing your idea in the suggestion box at the trailhead, contacting us through our social media platforms or emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submissions will be accepted until July 1st.

The Creston Community Forest would like to recognize the support of the Town of Creston, the Trails for Creston Valley Society, the PCSS carpentry classes and the hardworking volunteers, for ensuring the success of this project. The grand opening and name reveal is planned for August 2018, so watch for details in the coming months!

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Name the Trail! - 3.7 out of 5 based on 3 votes

Wildfire Fuel Reduction Project

Our 2017/18 wildfire fuel mitigation project is well underway! We are removing the thick underbrush and spacing the overstory in order to help reduce the intensity and rate of spread should a wildfire start in the area. The project area is located in Canyon, north of the highway's gravel pit. The area is home to a network of beloved community recreation trails which CCF is ensuring remain intact during the project. This will result in an area that is enjoyable to recreate in, while also being resistant to wildfire.


Wildfire Fuel Reduction Project - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Current Logging Operations

We are currently logging up Birch Creek and will be there until summer 2018. Please be aware that logging trucks are actively hauling and exercise caution if you plan on using the Russell and Birch Creek road systems.

Current Logging Operations - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

National Forest Week 2017!

This year was the third year we hosted a field trip for the grade 5 students of the Creston Valley. The trip was held out at our Russell Creek forest education site, as it has been in the past. This year was the biggest field trip yet, with 150 kids in attendance!

National Forest Week 2017! - 5.0 out of 5 based on 4 votes

Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The Creston Community Forest recently completed an update to the Town of Creston Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This document provides guidance for the planning of wildfire risk mitigation activities such as on the ground fuel treatments to educating community members. The draft of this plan can be viewed below.  

Community Wildfire Protection Plan - 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 votes

National Forest Week 2016!

Our second annual National Forest Week field trip for the grade 5 students in the Creston Valley was a great success! Fun was had by all including the awesome volunteers who came out and made it possible for us to put on the event. The students moved between 6 stations, learning about biodiversity, organisms in the stream, wildfire, compassing, all the exciting things the forests has to offer and how to identify different tree species. A big thank you to Overwaitea for donating food, to WynnWood and Huscroft woodlands staff, the Ministry of Forests, Melissa Flint, Casey Holden and the Community Forest Board members for all their help!



National Forest Week 2016! - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

High School Bursary

Congratulations to Brendan Christenson, the recipient of the Creston Community Forest Ralph Moore Memorial Bursary for $1000, as well as the Creston Community Forest Bursary for $1000. Good luck on your future endeavors!  


High School Bursary - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Habitat Restoration Project!

CCF had the opportunity to participate in a habitat restoration project undertaken by Melissa Flint, coordinator of Wildsight's 'Know Your Watershed' program, which is designed to educate high school students on their local watersheds and the issues surrounding them. The project was done on Steve's Ride trail near Dead Horse Creek, an area that was once part of Crestbrook's mill. Having seen extensive disturbance, invasive plants has been able to thrive in the location. The purpose of the project was to plant native species hoping that they will eventually begin to overtake the invasive plants. Invasive plants are a problem for a variety of reasons, some of these being decreased biodiversity and alteration of the food web, both issues causing detrimental effects to the survival of the native wildlife. For more information on invasive species in the Creston Valley visit the following webpage: Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee



Habitat Restoration Project! - 3.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
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