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 Pentlach, SaLαLt, Säsitla and Eiksαn people, known today as the K’omoks First 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 biodiversity corridor that connects mountains and lakes to the Salish Sea. This forest is privately owned by timber companies.
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 multi-use trail network winds its way through the area that is enjoyed by hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, naturalists, children and families, school groups and many others.
The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) is a charitable society formed 21 years ago with the mission to purchase, protect and care for the Cumberland Forest. Guided by the belief that this forest is worth more to our community than as timber, the society is supported by individuals, organizations and businesses from across the region and beyond.
To date the society has purchased 500 acres of forest and placed it under a conservation covenant to ensure its future protection as a Village park. Their most recent purchase was September 1st 2020 when 225 acres known as Project Perseverance was purchased outright by the community.
We are currently working to purchase and protect an additional 25 acres of beautiful creekside forest in the Lower Perseverance Creek corridor. This biodiversity corridor closes the gap between protected parklands, Perseverance Creek and Comox Lake. Please support our ongoing land protection and stewardship efforts by becoming a donor today.
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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 and in the summer of 2016 we successfully acquired another 36 ha of forest directly adjacent to the first parcel. On September 1st 2020, we successfully completed a 91 hectare (225 acres) purchase along Perseverance Creek to the south west of the existing parcels.
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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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Pop by the ROAM Studio and Store (next to the Waverley Hotel) as part of a Village-Wide late night shopping event! Pop in for new forest cards, original Science Pub screen prints, large format maps, shirts (limited sizes), conservation calendars, hand turned Polish mushroom nutcrackers and special "give the gift of a forest" bundles for […]Find out more »
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Winter is a wonderful time to learn about the birds of Cumberland. On this New Year's Day walk we will explore the urban / forest interface between the Village and the Cumberland Forest and get to know the birds who make Cumberland their winter home. Your guide is CCFS Director Jason Straka. Jason is an […]Find out more »
Join CCFS Executive Director and special guests for a walk & talk along the Lower Perseverance Corridor. Meet at Japanese #1 Townsite and explore the recent purchase area along Perseverance Creek and the Lower Perseverance Corridor, the area we are raising funds to purchase in early 2022. Explore the cool history and beautiful ecology of […]Find out more »
LATEST NEWS & FUN FACTS
We are blown away! Not only did we survive a bomb cyclone together, the 2021 Perseverance Trail Run also raised a record breaking $30,010 for
In March of 2021, the Lower Perseverance Creek Corridor was flagged for harvesting. Timber markets were hot, roads we’re being built and the CCFS had