Community Forest

Mission Statement

To facilitate the active participation of the community in the stewardship of the land base and to demonstrate its capability to practice exemplary stewardship of an extremely complex, diverse and rich area while practicing sound and viable use of resources.

2024 Meeting Schedule

Community Forest Commission meetings will be held in the District of Fort St. James Council Chambers. Meetings will begin at 5:30pm unless otherwise posted.
January 8, 2024
February 12, 2024
March 18, 2024
April 8, 2024
May 13, 2024
June 17, 2024
July 8, 2024
August 12, 2024
September 9, 2024
October 21, 2024
November 18, 2024
December 9, 2024

Update from KDL Resource Group - Community Forest Manager

2023….the year of extremes, and we aren’t done yet!! The start of 2023 still held on to the unprecedented lumber rates which we were able to capitalize on and deliver 19,917m3 out of the Onjo operating area during the fluctuation temperature ranges and the arrival of all our snow in February. Spring breakup came and decided to hang around for what seemed like forever. The slow melt wasn’t really a melt, but physiological phenomenon known as sublimation, which is the conversion of a solid to a gas without becoming a liquid, leaving the forest in a state of drought. No April Showers, No May flowers….just sun and heat.

June brought an early start to the fire season within the Fort St James area with the ignition of fire G50615 located on the Community Forest between Onjo and Chuchi Lake.  BC Wildfire Service responded quickly to the in-accessible area and held it to a total of 3.0 hectares.  Big thanks to the VANJAM team and their crews!

At the beginning of June, three members of the Community Forest Commission attended the BC Community Forest Association Annual General Meeting in Kamloops. Interesting points of discussion included Wildfire Interface, Stumpage/Waste, Old Growth Strategies, all of which we are formulating our way through.

Current summer silviculture activities planned on the community forest include planting 142,200 seedlings (49,764 spruce & 92,436 pine), as well as surveys and monitoring assessments on 984.1 hectares of plantations.

Community Forest Details

  • Tenure: Community Forest Agreement
  • Volume (ACC): 33,115 m3
  • Land Base: 22,780 ha
  • Timber Harvesting Land Base: 21,327 ha


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2013 Winter
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To learn about sustainable forestry and how the Community Forest is managed, contact the District of Fort St. James at or 250-996-8233.