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Mission Municipal Forest (TFL26)


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. Tree Farm Licence 26 is 10,900 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 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 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 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 District or make an appointment at 604-820-3762.  For other general enquiries, please email:

Forestry Updates:

Christmas tree cutting is NOT permitted within the Municipal Forest. Our forestry plantations fulfill provincial reforestation obligations on our previously harvested areas, and this stocking is required to meet legislated requirements. Our reforestation program comes at considerable cost for purchasing superior seed, nursery services and planting contracts.  Our plantation trees usually have less branches and needles and large gaps, making them less suitable for indoor use. Christmas trees grown specifically for the holiday season are typically fuller, slower growing and have more branches to adorn.  Please support your local Christmas tree farms by visiting   Buying local supports local families and the local economy.


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 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.