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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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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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 […]Find out more »
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 […]Find out more »
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 […]Find out more »
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There’s a dragon in the forest! Join the Forest Story Youth Theatre Project for a time traveling, carbon battling, forest loving romp through time, space and drought as Toad Mother,