The Cumberland Forest is part of an interconnected system of forests, salmon bearing creeks, wetlands and riparian areas adjacent to the Village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island in the traditional territory of the K’omoks Nation.
This forest is an integral part of both the Trent and Puntledge Watersheds, feeds Comox Lake, and forms a critical link in an extensive habitat corridor that connects mountains and lakes to the Salish Sea. This forest is all scheduled to be logged.
The Cumberland Forest has given a great deal to our community. Cumberland was built on logging and mining and the Cumberland Forest was a base for both activities. Today an extensive trail network winds its way through the area that is enjoyed by hikers, mountain bikers, runners, naturalists, children and families, school groups, artists and many others.
The Cumberland Community Forest Society was formed in 2000 with the mission to purchase and protect the Cumberland Forest for its multiple community values. Guided by the shared belief that this forest is now worth more to our community standing than as timber, the society is supported by hundreds of donors from Cumberland and beyond.
To date the society has purchased 500 acres of forest and placed it under a conservation covenant to ensure its future protection. Our most recent purchase was September 1st 2020 when 225 acres known as Project Perseverance was purchased outright by the community.
But we’re not done yet! We have our sights set on other important at risk areas within our watershed and will be launching a campaign in early 2021
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Save Our Forest
The Cumberland Forest is part of an interconnected system of forests, creeks, wetlands and riparian areas that form part of both the Trent and Puntledge Watersheds. The ecosystem is an important link that connects the mountains, rivers and lakes of Vancouver Island to the shores of the Salish Sea.
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We purchased 72 hectares of forest in 2005 for $1.2 million in and in the summer of 2016 we successfully acquired another 36 ha of forest directly adjacent to the first parcel. Plans are now well underway for a major acquisition along Perseverance Creek to the south-west of the existing protected areas.
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You Can Help
There are many ways that you can support this exciting community conservation effort. You can become a monthly donor, a one time contributor or develop a unique business campaign to raise funds. You can also share your skills, talents and energy as a volunteer for one of our super fun events.
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Join us by Zoom to learn how the Cumberland Community Forest Society is working with iNaturalist and citizen science to build understanding about the biodiversity surrounding the Village of Cumberland. Learn how to use the iNaturalist app, compare notes and get to know other citizen scientists, and discuss the April 2021 Earth Week invasives project. […] Find out more »
Join DV8 Nature Education and the Cumberland Community Forest Society for a fun, engaging and 'light footprint' educational scavenger hunt in the forests and wetlands of the Cumberland Forest over Spring Break. The hunt is set up for 2 weeks and you and your family can head out into the forest to locate as many […] Find out more »
Celebrate Earth Week with the Cumberland Forest and our friends from across the Valley, April 19-25th. Join us for online and real world events all focused on deepening our connection with the natural world and inspiring its protection AND restoration. The global theme for Earth Day 2021 is "Restore the Earth". What does that mean […] Find out more »