The Cheakamus Community Forest encompasses more than 33,000 hectares of land surrounding Whistler, BC, and began harvesting timber in 2010.
Click here for harvesting plans from previous years.
2019 Proposed Harvesting and Wildfire Management Plans
Cheakamus 15 – Sqomish Forestry harvestingwo units in autumn 2018: 5.5 ha and 3.5 ha of moderate retention, and a series of 1-2 hectare openings of low retention. May continue in spring 2019 depending on snow. 4500m3, total area of 14.5 ha, old growth.
Powder 07 – Lil’wat Forestry Ventures will harvest a series of 6 openings of low retention. Access reworked to come past sled dog base using Branch E10. 11.400m3, 17.4 ha total, old growth.
Powder 07 map
Cheakamus 16 – Opening E may be added to the spring Cheakamus 15 program. Assigned to Sqomish Forestry. Mechanically thinned to moderate retention. 950 m3, 4.5 hectares, 60 year old stand.
Fee 02 – Roads and landings built previously but need upgrading. 7 openings of 1.5 to 2.5 hectares of low retention. Cable yarding. Assigned to Lil’wat Forestry Ventures. 5850 m3, 9.5 ha total, old growth.
Cheakamus 09 – Project is a series of 0.5 – 2.0 ha openings of low and moderate retention. Development is now designed to recover costs associated with connecting road through quarry to Basalt Valley. Assigned to Lil’wat Forestry Ventures. 5,240 m3, 50 year old stand on lower section, old growth on upper.
Cheakamus 10 – tree retention trial over 25 hectares providing representations of low, moderate and high retention along with a very high retention site. The area is currently accessible from Loggers Lake Road. Originally presented in 2013 plans. 7,094 m3, old growth.
Tusk 01 – a series of 5 or more openings ranging from 3 – 6 hectares each of moderate retention. Access is from the Daisy Lake Road past the bungee bridge and up an existing but overgrown road system. Extension of the road is along a bench below Crater Lake. Assigned to Sqomish Forestry.
Cheakamus 12 – New planning area from existing Black Tusk/Logger Lake FSR. Development requires minor road upgrade and a series of short branch roads. 7,350 m3, 16.8 hectares total, old growth.
Wildfire Fuel Reduction Projects
Cheakamus Lake Road: Prescriptions (plans for how to thin) prepared for 113 hectares of shaded fuel break with an option for two additional vertical upland extensions.
Cheakamus 03 Fuel Thinning Area – a linear shaded fuel break along Cheakamus Lake Road. Road will be closed during winter 2018/19. 33 hectares.
Integrated Resource Mapping Project & Long Term Harvesting Plans
The CCF completed a major planning exercise in 2015. It identified Old Growth Management Areas for the provincial planning process, as well as identified areas of voluntary protection from harvesting called Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) Reserves, potential Fuel Management areas, and Special Management Zones that require additional consultation with First Nations and/or commercial recreation operators if harvesting is proposed.
Legislated Reserves (Old Growth Management Areas, Ungulate Winter Range, LRMP Wildlands, etc.)
Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) Reserves (Voluntary)
Special Management Zones (Areas where CCF will participate in further discussion with key stakeholders when planning harvesting.)
Fuel Management Areas (Potential Areas of Fuel Management)
Once the areas of protection were identified, the CCF developed a long term harvesting plan showing two phases: 1-3 years of logging that given favourable market conditions will be harvested; and a 4-10 year conceptual plan showing areas of interest that will need more ground truthing but will likely see harvesting.
Cheakamus Crossing Neighbourhood Open House Presentation
Shares information about proposed harvesting and fuel management locations in the Cheakamus Valley.
Road and Bridge Atlas Map 2013
Road locations and responsibilities.