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The Forestry Department is pleased to present a 5-video series on the Mission Municipal Forest, to better engage with residents on the Departments’ operations and to provide information on all the values that are considered when managing Tree Farm Licence 26.

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Mission Municipal Forest

General Inquiries • Phone: 604-820-3762 •

The Forestry Department manages Mission Tree Farm Licence #26, also known as the Mission Municipal Forest. Tree Farm Licence 26 is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Sto:lo people (Katzie, Kwantlen, Leq’a:mel, Matsqui, Musqueam, Peters, Seabird Island, Semihamoo, Shxwowhamel, and Sumas).   The area is approximately 10,900 hectares of which about 12% is municipally owned and 88% is provincial crown land.  The department completes harvesting, tree planting/reforestation, plantation brushing, tree spacing, tree pruning, road construction, forest fire prevention, forest interpretation and recreation in accordance with approved Management Plan 10, and its 2017-2022 Forest Stewardship Plan.  The current Annual Allowable Cut is 60,000m³ – or approximately 80 hectares/year (0.7%).

Hoechucking DA1- excavator and cold deckThe 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 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
Director of Forestry Chris Gruenwald 604-820-3764

Office Hours

The Forestry Department public office hours are available: Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Please note due to the nature of work, there may not be someone available in the office at all times – please call to confirm if you are coming from out of the City or make an appointment at 604-820-3762.  For other general inquiries, please email: forestry@mission.ca

Forestry Updates:

Tree Farm Licence 26 (TFL26) is submitting for approval, a Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) for 2022-2027.  The proposed FSP is for a term of 5 years and complies with applicable Higher-level Plan, the Forest and Range Practices Act and the associated regulations. The FSP is a landscape level plan, which is focused on establishing objectives, strategies, results and measures for conserving and protecting timber and non-timber values within Crown lands slated for future forest management activities.  It does not specify a specific 5-year harvest planning schedule.  As per Section 20 of the Forest Planning and Practices Regulation, notice is hereby given that submission of the FSP for approval is proceeding and you have an opportunity to identify areas of concern within forest development units to ensure that concerns are addressed. |
Here are the links to the Draft 2022-2027 Forest Stewardship Plan, Map, and Supporting Materials:
TFL26 – FSP 2022 to 2027 DRAFT
20000 FSP Map TFL26 Aug 2021
TFL26 – FSP 2022 to 2027 supporting documentation-DRAFT

For comments to be considered in the final submission to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, they must be submitted in writing and received no later than October 27, 2021 via email ( forestry@mission.ca ) or mailed to:
Chris Gruenwald, RPF
Director of Forest
City of Mission
Box 20, 8645 Stave Lake Street, Mission BC V2V 4L9

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Forestry harvesting operations for 2021 will be utilizing the Florence Lake Forest Service Road (Burma), throughout the summer and fall.  Expect industrial traffic at all times, drive on the proper side of the road, particularly around blind corners and give logging trucks and grader equipment the right of way at all times.  Expect dusty conditions during periods of dry weather.

View the current provincial FIRE BANS AND RESTRICTIONS

Wildlife:

black-bear2Mission 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 – contact the conservation officer 24-hour hotline to report a violation: 1-877-952-7277 or #7277 on the TELUS Mobility Network

Target Shooting:

Target shooting has been prohibited since 1993, in all areas of the City 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 City Bylaw department (604-820-3727) .  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 views of the Stave Reservoir, has many small lakes, single lane gravel 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.
Filming Regulation Bylaw