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. The forest area is approximately 10,000 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 forestry@mission.ca 604-820-3762
Director of Forestry Chris Gruenwald 604-820-3764
Forestry Technologist Kelly Cameron 604-820-3784

Office Hours

The Forestry Department public office hours (calls, enquiries, front counter service) are available: Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. For general enquiries, you may email us at: forestry@mission.ca

Forestry Updates:

No current closures at this time.

Forestry Friday – A Glimpse to the Past

As we have seen over the past Forest Friday articles, considerable planning goes into managing our forests and all the values that exist. But what about those forest pioneers – how did they harvest the trees – without that modern equipment that we know so well today?...

Forestry Friday – All Creatures Great and Small

Large mammals are the most easily seen creatures in our forests, and equally important are the small and obscure amphibians and fish that exist here. As forest managers of the Mission community forest, our responsibilities go beyond just seeing the forest for the...

Forestry Friday – Who Lives in our Forests?

  In our last article, we featured the main tree species that make up most of our local forests.  But what large mammals call Mission home and how can you keep safe when using the forest?   Starting with the largest, the black bear is easily one of the most...


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.