Welcome to The Forest

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 22 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 545 acres of forest and placed it under conservation covenants to ensure its future protection as a Village park. The most recent purchase was December 21st 2022 when another 44 acres known as the Lower Perseverance Corridor Project was purchased outright by the community. 

We’re not done yet and we are currently working on new land protection initiatives in the Perseverance Watershed. 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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Recent Successes

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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UPCOMING EVENTS

Winter Bird Bioblitz

Winter Bird BioBlitz in Cumberland - How different kinds of winter birds can we document in a month? Did you know the Comox Valley is one of the most significant […]

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Cumberland goes to MARS

Are we taking off with Cumberland residences in a rocket to the planet MARS to terraform and inhabit it forever more? Indeed NO. But we are going to visit the […]

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MARS Avian Rescue, 1331 Williams Beach Rd,
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Bird Walk with James MacKenzie of MARS

Join James MacKenzie, local birder and Education Coordinator for MARS Wildlife Rescue on a guided bird walk through Cumberland’s lush forests and productive marsh. Learn the basics of bird ID […]

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Cumberland Community Forest Society – AGM

Join us for the CCFS AGM on Wednesday March 15th at 7 pm at Weird Church Cumberland 2688 Penrith Ave. We are in the process of shifting our AGM back […]

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Earth Week Festival 2023

Join the Cumberland Forest and friends for a 10 days of Earth centered fun, learning, celebration, sharing and action! Guided walks, youth events, listening circles, A Forest Art Auction, Artists […]

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Cumberland Forest Spring Auction

Join us for our annual Spring Auction to raise funds for our summer stewardship projects in the Cumberland Forest! All funds support the Perseverance Streamkeepers, Western Toad Program and Cumberland […]

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LATEST NEWS & FUN FACTS

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Year End Tidings

On behalf of the entire team at the Cumberland Community Forest Society we want to express our gratitude for your support for our land and water protection and stewardship work

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Perseverance 2022 Smashes Records!

We are so amazed and grateful! Yet another fundraising record was broken this year at the Perseverance Trail Run! This years event raised #31,000 for the land protection and stewardship

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100 Women Who Care choose the CCFS

The Cumberland Community Forest Society was thrilled be selected as the third recipient of 2022 to receive a generous donation from the 100 Plus Women Who Care, Comox Valley Chapter. 

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In Honour of Bronco

The CCFS was saddened to hear of the recent passing of local legend William “Bronco” Moncrief. Bronco served the Village for many years and was Mayor in Cumberland from 1969

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