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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LATEST NEWS & FUN FACTS
In response to significant recent growth in trail use, the Village recently adopted the Cumberland Community Forest Park Interim Trail Management Strategy in early summer
The Comox Valley Regional District recently committed to reducing local greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. As part of that committment they initiated the