What is the Cumberland Forest?

The Cumberland Forest cradles the Village of Cumberland, in the Comox Valley, on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island in the traditional territory of the K’omoks First Nation.

This beautiful mature Coastal Douglas Fir forest is filled with diverse flora and fauna, at-risk species, salmon bearing creeks, wetlands and riparian areas, 2 watershed systems, important logging and mining heritage landmarks and a robust community trail network.

The Forest is also part of an important habitat corridor that runs from the Beaufort Range and the Comox Glacier to the Salish Sea.

A vibrant community of conservationists, families, mountain bikers, runners, herbalists, hikers, artists, school groups, adventure racers, photographers, and many others consider the Cumberland Forest to be an integral part of a community that defines itself by it’s proximity to the woods – a Village in the Forest.

The Cumberland Forest is also privately owned as part of the legacy of the E&N Land Transfer in the 1870’s that saw over 2 million acres of land along the eastern side of Vancouver Island transfer into private hands in exchange for building a railway.

All the unprotected Cumberland Forest lands are slated to be logged.

The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) is dedicated to purchasing these lands and returning them to the community and the commons. To date, the CCFS has purchased over 110 hectares (2005 and 2016). This forest is connected to the Coal Creek Heritage Park and together these parcels are forming a contiguous corridor of protected natural areas. We wish to see this important protected corridor continue to grow.

We’re not done yet.

We are currently working to purchase another 100+ hectares of forest over the next 2 years.

We are focused on 3 beautiful parcels of forest, wetland, creek and riparian areas along Perseverance Creek. These “Western Parcels” are fondly known as Bronco’s Perseverance, China Creek and Perseverance Creek Japanese #1 Town.

The CCFS is committed to continuing its work to further establish the Cumberland Forest as a protected space for generations to come! Donors and supporters are being actively sought to make all these purchases possible.

 

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Did you know?

The Forest is home to Red Legged Frogs, Roosevelt Elk, Small Eared Bats and other at risk species and is an important link in an extensive habitat corridor that connects the mountains, rivers and lakes of Vancouver Island to the shores of the Salish Sea.