Vision and Values

The CCFS envisions a significant protected natural park area bordering the south side of the Historic Village of Cumberland, from Comox Lake to the Trent River. Our vision is a large, protected stand of second growth forest that will mature into old growth forest for future generations to enjoy.

The CCFS sees an opportunity to preserve the ecological integrity of the forest and watershed, with sustainable recreation trails, accessible board walks, interpretive signage, and heritage landmarks for the benefit of the entire region and beyond.

The Cumberland Forest will be owned by the Village of Cumberland and adjacent lands will be made formally accessible to the community through land use agreements with owners. Our vision includes the development of economic opportunities including Eco-Tourism, Adventure Tourism, and Cultural Tourism industries, and the businesses that support those industries.

We are open to the concept of small scale sustainable forestry projects that are further from town, as long as they contribute to the local economy and provide a model of sustainable forestry practices and non-timber forest product development. Projects like these would be connected to future purchases and not for the areas currently identified for conservation.

We imagine a community where residents celebrate their forest year round through cultural, educational, and recreational events and where ongoing fundraising is dedicated to educational, conservation, and restoration activities in the area. Village quality of life, amenity migration, local environmental sustainability, and strong property values will be attributed in no small part to the Cumberland Forest.

Our vision is an even stronger connection between the Village and the forest, both in terms of enhanced infrastructure (bridged, paths, signage etc.) and more forest-based community programs. Our vision includes providing visitors to the Cumberland Forest with clear opportunities to contribute to the project. This includes sharing information about the Cumberland Forest and its benefit to village life for visitors to share with their own communities.

We imagine the Cumberland Community Forest as a project that is celebrated across Vancouver Island and beyond as example of collaboration, commitment, and community building.

WE BELIEVE

  • The mature second growth forest surrounding the Village of Cumberland and local waterways is integral to the ecological health of the region.
  • Communities have an obligation to protect and be stewards of local ecological and hydrological systems.
  • The Cumberland Forest is worth far more to our community and region standing than it is logged.
  • Access for recreation purposes are of significant importance to the community and local economy.
  • Access to the natural environment is essential to our physical, mental, and spiritual health.
  • A balanced approach to the planning and management of trail networks is needed to minimize ecological impacts.
  • Restoration work is integral to the long term viability of conservation efforts.
  • We have a responsibility to be an open and inclusive organization that works collaboratively with all stakeholders.
  • We have a responsibility as community leaders to be positive, inclusive, and inspiring and to model integrity and good governance
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Did you know?

Over 50 species are considered “at risk” of extinction or extirpation in the Comox Valley.  Extirpation is when a species has been eliminated from one area, but still occurs in other places within its natural range.  In Cumberland’s forests at least two species have already been extirpated: Western Screech Owl and Wolverine.  The Northern Goshawk and Marbled Murrelet also likely nested in Cumberland’s forests in the recent past but no longer do so.