Municipal Forest - Tree Farm Licence 26

Video Series

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

Mission Municipal Forest

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, manual brushing in plantations, tree spacing, road construction, forest fire prevention, forest interpretation and recreation in accordance with approved Management Plan 10, and 2022-2027 Forest Stewardship Plan.  The current Annual Allowable Cut is 60,000m³ – or approximately 80 hectares/year (0.7%). 

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Mission’s Forestry operations are SFI® Certified since 2023.

 

 

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 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”. 

Contacts

Forestry-Generalforestry@mission.ca604-820-3762
Director of ForestryChris Gruenwald604-820-3764
Forestry TechnologistKelly Cameron604-820-3784

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:

Devil’s Lake Loop trail and 79 Grind trails are now open in Stave West.  Limited parking is available, please do not park in a way that block safe industrial use on Florence Lake Forest Service Road or in front of gates at any time.  Vehicles prohibiting access to any roads or gates will be towed.  If parking is full, please try to visit on a future date or time.  For more trail information, please visit our Forest Trails page.

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Storing firewood by your deck? Gutters filled with leaves? Rural property owners on the forest interface can learn about and apply the principals of FIRESMART BC to their properties.  View the handy FireSmart Your Home [PDF/1.8MB] guide!