Access Management Plan
The CCF knows that road access and maintenance are important for its operations as well as for public and commercial recreation. It developed a road-based access management plan that describes its approach to road development, maintenance, shared responsibility, recreation access, and improving or limiting access. It also developed 3 maps showing road status, constraints to access and recreation features. Through 2017 – 2018, the CCF met with stakeholders to identify priorities for access and maintenance, and finalized the plan in June 2018. It will be reviewed periodically.
CCF Road-Based Access Management Plan – June 2018
Integrated Resource Mapping Project & Long Term Harvest Planning
The CCF completed its Integrated Resource Mapping Project in 2015. It met with key commercial recreation tenure holders, public recreation and environmental groups, and First Nations to identify areas that should be included in the CCF’s voluntary protection approach called EBM Reserves. These are areas that deserve protection from harvesting based on ecological, recreational or cultural reasons. The CCF held an open house at the Whistler Library on November 25, 2015 to share the results including areas that may be harvested over the next 10 years, special management zones on commercial recreation tenures that will require additional consultation, and the 2016 harvesting plans.
Carbon Emissions Offset Program
The CCF has carbon offsets for sale! With the assistance of Brinkman Climate and Ecotrust Canada, the CCF successfully negotiated an agreement with the province to sell carbon offsets generated by our improved forest management approach.
See Brinkman Climate’s Cheakamus Community Forest carbon offsets brochure: http://ecotrust.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Briefing_CheakamusCarbon.pdf
We’ve sold carbon offsets to a number of BC businesses including VanCity, Tinhorn Creek, Sharp Six Consulting, Ecotrust Canada, Brinkman Climate, Eclipse Awards, Local Practice Architecture, MET Fine Printers and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Congratulations to our climate leaders!
A carbon offset is an independently verified credit for net greenhouse gas reductions achieved by one party that can be used to compensate (or offset) the emissions of another party. Carbon offsets are typically measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalents (or CO2e), transacted through carbon registries, and bought and sold for voluntary or regulated emissions reductions.
The carbon offsets generated by the Cheakamus Community Forest project are created by improved forest management actions on the 33,000 hectares it manages. They are quantified with the BC Forest Carbon Offset Protocol, and verified to the BC Emissions Offset Regulation. These actions are guided by the community forest’s Ecosystem Based Management plan, and delivered on the land through reduced harvest volumes, extended harvest rotations, expanded reserves, and protection of old growth forests and other important wildlife habitat. These voluntary actions go above and beyond regulatory requirements.
Cheakamus Community Forest & Province sign Atmospheric Benefits Sharing Agreement as reported in the Whistler Pique Newsmagazine, May 7, 2015: CCF set to sell carbon offsets
Ecotrust Canada: http://www.ecotrust.ca/
Brinkman Group: http://www.brinkman.ca/
Brinkman Climate: http://www.brinkmanclimate.com/