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The Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) is one of more than 50 community managed forests in British Columbia. The CCF works closely with the community to share information, identify and resolve issues.
Situated on more than 33,000 hectares surrounding Whistler, BC, the Cheakamus Community Forest was established in April 2009, when the Lil’wat and Squamish First Nations and the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) jointly signed a 25-year tenure with the provincial Ministry of Forests and Range. Together, these three equal partners oversee the management and operation of the forest under the auspices of the Cheakamus Community Forest Society, an independent not-for-profit organization.
The Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) is the ideal model to manage the forests around Whistler. The locally managed CCF is guided by a holistic ecosystem-based management plan that considers environmental, cultural, social and economic values. In addition, the harvesting plans are regularly updated to address the risks and realities of climate change to the forests and forest uses. By placing engagement with local stakeholders at the center of the organization, the CCF fosters ecological and social resilience, particularly in areas such as climate-change adaptation and management, as well as enhancing cultural and tourism/recreation values.
The CCF Strategic Plan 2023-2025 shares the big picture.
The CCF also demonstrates reconciliation in action. It is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation providing them with decision-making authority on their lands that create economic opportunity for their people.