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
Manager, Forestry Business Chris Gruenwald 604-820-3764
Director of Forestry Bob O’Neal 604-820-3762
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:

Active operations are underway on Bear Mt (via Saunders Street).  Recreation trail closures are in effect and posted on site at Mill Pond, Saunders Street kiosk, and Doyle Street.  Please obey all closures for your safety.  Public access via vehicle is not permitted due to logging truck traffic.

Forestry Friday – Preventing Fires

Forestry Friday By Kelly Kitsch, Registered Forest Technologist   Summer brings warmer temperatures, lower rainfalls as well as many opportunities to explore the outdoors.  Mission is fortunate to have many great recreation trails weaving through our forests which are...


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.