As part of Mission’s 125th Anniversary celebrations, Bob O’Neal, Director of Forestry, presented Mission Moments: Municipal Forest.
In 1955, Mission’s Council submitted an application for a forest management licence, the first of its kind in BC. In 1958, Tree Forest Licence 26 (TFL26) was granted and forestry operations began for the Mission Municipal Forest.
The millionth tree was planted in 1971, after 23 years of operations. The two-millionth tree was planted just eight years later. Today, Mission’s forest is approaching the four-millionth tree planting. The Mission Municipal Forest is world-renowned for its exceptional yellow cedar.
The Mission Municipal Forest has grown to include diverse recreation resources, including the Stave Dam Interpretive Trail, Sayres Lake Campground, and Zajac Ranch for Children. The Stave West Master Plan will see increased tourism and enhanced recreation and educational opportunities, beginning with three new campgrounds to be constructed this year.