Q: What is CLCCF?
The Cascade Lower Canyon Community Forest is a three way partnership between the Yale First Nation, the District of Hope and the Fraser Valley Regional District. We manage and log approximately 30,000 cubic metres each year in our forest area in a sustainable manner considering both the timber and non-timber values throughout the forest.
Q: Do you need to have a licence to do this project?
Yes, a Community Forest Agreement (CFA) is a 25 year replaceable tenure on a designated land base. Community forests are managed according to extensive provincial law and guidelines and allows a greater opportunity for communities to manage local forests for local benefits.
Q: Who are you affiliated with?
Our CFA licence was issued by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operatiosn. We are a member of the BC Community Forest Association, an organization that represents over 50 community forests throughout BC.
Q: What region does Cascade Lower Canyon region cover?
This area-based tenure largely surrounds Hope. There are four distinct sections and in relation to Hope, they are: i) parts of the Silver Skagit area to the south, ii) parts of the Nickelmine and North Emory Forest Service Roads to the north-west, iii) the Squeah Forest Service Road area to the north-east, and iv) a section near Sunshine Valley east of Hope along Highway 3. The licence area extends almost as far north as Yale on both sides of the Fraser River. A map can be found on the page called ‘About Us’.
The total area is about 22,000 hectares, which includes a timber harvesting land base of less than 8,000 ha. This means the majority of the licence area will have no logging and can be used for the maintenance or creation of many non-timber forest values. The area that is subject to logging is done so in a sustainable manner with less than 1% of the timber harvesting land base harvested annually.
Q: How much timber will Cascade Lower Canyon Community Forest harvest annually?
Approximately 30,000 m³ (cubic meters). Although this volume may fluctuate in different years, every five years it is expected to average out.
Q: How will you create jobs?
Initially jobs are created from logging, road building, silviculture (reforestation and stand tending), milling and related activities. Over time as our experience and opportunities grow, we will be researching job creation from other possible activities such as enhanced forestry, tourism, hydro power creation etc. We will also be investigating ways of creating more local jobs over time.
Q: How will the timber be sold?
Up to March 31, 2016 Tolko Industries was responsible to log and market the timber. That agreement has now expired and the CLCCF is currently planning how and when to log again, most likely in later 2017 or earlier 2018.
Q: What happens to the profits?
The Cascade Lower Canyon Community Forest intends to be a self-sustaining operation that creates profits beyond the CLCCF’s obligations for sustainable community forestry. In the past couple of years, the CLCCF has gathered significant inventory and forest engineering information. This has helped create more reliable budget numbers and added more certainty to timber profiles/quality to capture the best returns on changing log markets and provide sufficient permitted areas to provide operational flexibility as markets shift. The CLCCF anticipates logging again either in later 2017 or early 2018 at which point, we hope to be able to distribute some excess revenue to the three CLCCF partners for them to then distribute in grant programs to the community. This will be done in accordance with the approved policy, which is Revenue Sharing, Fund Disbursement and Eligibility Criteria Policy and Procedure.
The forest industry historically has wide swings in log markets, which is best addressed by having the knowledge and flexibility created from the above planning and also a sufficient reserve fund. A properly endowed reserve fund will ensure the operation will be able to meet its legal obligations in an uncompromised sustainable manner through tough market periods and be ready to take advantage of log markets during better parts of the business cycle. Once the CLCCF has satisfactorily met this condition, a decision will be made on how to distribute and use future profits in accordance with the above.
Q: How can I contribute?
If you would like to contribute or volunteer with the Cascade Lower Canyon Community Forest, please contact us.