In 1948, the City of Mission held over 1000 hectares of private forested land and spent ten years lobbying for more local control over its forest resources.  By 1958, Tree Farm Licence 26 was awarded.  At the time, it was the only community-held Tree Farm Licence in the province.

The total area of the Municipal Forest is 10,900 hectares (26,900 acres), or about 27 times the size of Stanley Park.  11% (~1,200 hectares) are owned by the City of Mission.

The economic and social benefits come from community stability generated by steady local employment and revenue, control of the local forest resources, and providing forest recreation and educational opportunities.

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