The Cheakamus Community Forest encompasses more than 33,000 hectares of land surrounding Whistler, BC. Below is a map of the Cheakamus Community Forest.
In 2010, the first of the Cheakamus Community Forest timber was harvested. In 2011, approximately 18,000 m3 were harvested. For 2012, four areas were proposed but due to market conditions, only one site was harvested of approximately 7,000 m3. Markets began improving in 2013 and 23,280.5 m3 were harvested, and in 2014, 21,872 m3 were harvested. Due to market and operational changes, the CCF harvested approximately 5,000 m3 in 2015.
Click here for harvesting plans from previous years.
2017 Harvesting Plans
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.
Maps and Information About 2016 Harvest Sites:
Due to a variety of circumstances, the CCF only harvested a few areas in 2015 for approximately 5,000 m3 of volume. As a result, 2016 plans are mainly the same as 2015.
Rainbow04 Openings A, B (Ro4 on Key Map), 1040m3, 45-80 year old forest, 2 openings: 1.0 and 2.6 hectares, low and high retention. Requires BC Hydro participation to re-open the road.
CallaghanA01 Openings A, E, G (A01 on Key Map), Cultural Management Area, 3800m3, old forest, 11 low retention openings <1 ha between road systems.
CallaghanA01 Openings Q, R (A01 Q, R on Key Map), Cultural Management Area, 3150m3, old forest, 2 moderate retention openings of 1.8 and 4.5 ha
Wedge02 Openings B, C, D (Wedge02 on Key Map), 3250m3, harvesting and clearing of penstock route is subject to Wedge Creek run-of-river project commencement. 2 openings of moderate retention and 1 opening of high retention.
Wedge08 Openings Cii – Cvii (W08 on Key Map), 5220 m3, 6 moderate retention openings ranging from 0.9 ha to 4.6 ha
Powder07 (P07 on Key Map) 5 openings from 1.8 ha to 4.1 ha of low-moderate retention. Road upgrade started in 2014 to 3km of existing Dority Main, through old mine site and using old felled right of way. Harvesting would take place over 2 or more years once road sytem established.
Cheakamus16 (CK16 on Key Map) 5 openings ranging from 1.7 to 6.5 ha. Moderate, High and Very High Retention (single entry). ~6,100 m3, mixed stand age. Previously deferred, Lil’wat Forestry Ventures is responsible for harvesting starting with road construction April 4, log hauling 4-6 weeks later for 12 – 15 days, and completing the work in approximately 2 months. BC Hydro has recently upgraded access along Jane Lake road with brushing roadside vegetation Includes upgrading existing access to Ck15 and potential for Jane Lake Recreation Road Loop.
Rainbow13 (R13 on Key Map) Access through WOP to develop one moderate retention and 4 low retention openings. 5050 m3, old growth.
Landscape Level Firesmart Planning Areas
Rainbow05 (R05 on Key Map). Lower Callaghan gravel forest service road. 3 hectares completed in 2014 with 6 ha remaining (subject to RMOW wildfire management priorities).
Rainbow04 (R04 on Key Map). South of Function Junction above highway. Fuel modification area as designed in Forest Stewardship Plan. 4.2 ha mechanized thinning with 13.9 ha of hand pruning and burning onsite. (subject to RMOW wildfire management priorities and BC Hydro participating in re-opening the access road).
Road and Bridge Atlas Map 2013
Road locations and responsibilities.