The Cascade Lower Canyon Community Forest (CLCCF), a community forest organization based in Hope, BC, saw a strong year in 2017. Included in the busy schedule was the naming of well-regarded forester Matt Wealick as the organizations’ General Manager following the retirement of the organizations founding GM Kim Allan; the undertaking year one of the organizations harvest plan which saw strong financial gains; the employment of eleven local residents across operations; undertaking marketing and forestry development contracts related to the current operations and future forest planning, timber evaluation and sales with leading BC forest sector contractors Probyn Log Ltd and Cascadia Environmental Group.
The CLCCF had the strongest year in the seven year history of the organization. Not only did we achieve strong financial success, we undertook a number of important community initiatives including a local high school wildlife project where we built Marten nesting boxes with students in a Hope area high school, investments in recreational upgrades for the benefit of local forest recreational users and a significant planting program of 127,680 seedlings planted in 2017/18 fiscal.
~ Steven Patterson, Board Chair
The highlight of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) was the announcement by the Board of Directors of the decision to disburse $100,000 to each of the three partner organizations (District of Hope, Yale First Nation and the Fraser Valley Regional District). The disbursement is the result of the successful harvest and sale of 27,000 cubic meters of logs in 2017.
Key initiatives outside of planned logging operations for the CLCCF for the 2018/2019 fiscal year include increasing the log inventory across the CLCCF’s tenure area; focus on increasing dialogue with local First Nations, increasing recreational investment and infrastructure within logging operations areas as well as functional projects such as updating the organizations’ website with the inclusion of the CLCCF’s newly acquired LiDar mapping inventory.