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Mission Municipal Forest

General Inquiries • Phone: 604-820-3762 • Fax: 604-826-8633

The Forestry Department manages Mission Tree Farm Licence #26, also known as the Mission Municipal Forest. The forest area is approximately 10,000 hectares of which about 12% is municipally owned and 88% is provincial crown land. Major forestry programs include harvesting, tree planting/reforestation, plantation brushing, tree spacing, tree pruning, road construction, forest fire prevention, forest interpretation and recreation.

Hoechucking DA1- excavator and cold deck The Municipal Forest is located in the northern part of Mission, generally surrounding the Steelhead area; and north of Stave Falls along the western shores of the Stave Reservoir.  Since 1958, the District of Mission has managed its forest resources.   Our Mission Statement: “Mission’s Municipal Forest is a community forest operating under the highest possible standards. The Mission Municipal Forest exists for the people of Mission, by creating a sustainable balance of various economic, social, scientific and environmental forest values as well as providing memorable forest experiences to Mission residents and its visitors”. Link to our Vision Statement and Forestry Strategic Plan.
FORESTRY forestry@mission.ca 604-820-3762
Manager, Forestry Business Dave Heyes 604-820-3764
 Director of Forestry Bob O’Neal 604-820-3762

Office Hours

The Forestry Department public office hours (calls, enquiries, front counter service) will be available: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All other staff always available by appointment 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For general enquiries, you may email us at: forestry@mission.ca

What’s New

img_0021The 2017-2022 Forest Development Plan for Tree Farm Licence 26 is available for review and comment. An open house will be held at the Mission Leisure Centre on December 1 from 3-8pm, to review the content of the plan and answer any questions.  You can also pick up a copy at 33835 Dewdney Trunk Road Mon-Fri from 8am – 4:30 pm, or download a copy here:  draft-fsp-2017-to-2022-replacement-nov-4

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CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE MUNICIPAL FOREST.  The District of Mission spends considerable dollars investing in cone and seed collection, seedling growing services, tree planting and stand tending-vegetation management to ensure we have healthy and diverse forests for future generations.  What you think is a ‘free’ tree actually takes a significant cost to produce.  Unauthorized cutting of trees from Crown land is an offence under Section 52 of the Forest and Range Practices Act, subject to prosecution and penalty.

We ask that you support the many local growers who grow trees for this purpose, and you will end up with a nicer fuller tree.
Visit BC Christmas Tree Council to find the farm closest to you.

owlPlay a fun and interactive educational forestry game with your kids HERE !!!

WILDLIFE

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Mission is home to a variety of wildlife, from blacktail deer, to black bear and cougar.  It is as important to be aware of reducing encounters around our homes as it is when we visit their homes.  WildSafeBC is a program designed to reduce human-wildlife conflict through education, innovation and cooperation.

To report aggressive wildlife – call the RAPP (Report All Poachers and Polluters) line:  1-877-952-7277

 Target Shooting

Target shooting has been prohibited since 1993, in all areas of the District of Mission, except at the Rod and Gun Club.If you encounter target shooting or have any safety concerns related to gun use, please contact the RCMP (604-826-7161)
or the District Bylaw department (604-820-3726) .  If you are in imminent danger, please contact 911.   R.A.P.P. – Report all Poachers and Pollutors 24 hour hotline: Cell #7277  (BC Conservation Office services).

Filming in the Municipal Forest

The Municipal Forest boasts spectacular Stave Reservoir views, many small lakes, logging roads, mature and immature timber, cut over areas, scenic vistas and trails.  Enquiries for filming within the Municipal Forest can be made to: 604-820-3762.