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Prescribed Burn in Keen Creek complete

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free, or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit:...

BC FLOOD AND WILDFIRE REVIEW REPORT – released

BC Flood and Wildfire Review 2018 (large file, be patient) April 30, 2018 The Honourable John Horgan, M.L.A. Premier of British Columbia Dear Premier: We are pleased to submit this report detailing the findings and recommendations from our independent review of...

Planting 2018 Update

        The 2018 KDCFS tree planting contract is held by Wildhorse Forestry Services Ltd from Ymir and is now underway. Most of our seedlings are allocated to the four CP36 blocks in Keen Creek that were harvested in 2016. Wildhorse has booked accommodations in Kaslo...

Whose Garbage?

Not so long ago I participated in a Silviculture conference in the West Kootenays. During the 2 day workshop we visited sites in the forest where forest management topics were presented and discussed. We piled into our rented vans, toured up and down gravel roads,...

Next Board Meeting – TBA

NEWS: We are changing our meeting venue.  The Kemball Memorial Building will lock its doors in July to room rentals.  We are moving our regular monthly meetings to the Kaslo Firehall. While the uphill Arena location is less central, it offers level entry, great space ...

JOIN US ON JULY 12 – COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

MAIN TOPIC: Community-based tenures in the Wildland Urban Interface July 12 at 6PM at the Senior's Hall Fire has been on our minds since last summer's catastrophic events, which thankfully spared much of Kaslo and Area D. July will be a good month to discuss the...

WILDFIRE & CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE KOOTENAYS CONFERENCE

http://www.kootenaywildfire.ca Look what's happening on your home front. Press Release: PRESS RELEASE_Wildfire...

Harvest Update CP 39 and CP 40

As of June 8 we have moved 51 loads from CP39 to Stella-Jones (1), Kalesnikoff Lumber (43) and Porcupine Wood Products (7).  which are the strip cuts on the Wagon Road by South Fork. This cable block is being logged by Iron Peaks from New Denver. The contractor has...

Welcome Everyone !!

The old socks are gone ! We built this new website in record speed with our Kaslo Pennywise team to meet one of our April 2018 goals: to improve information sharing with our members, the Kaslo community, and provide an enjoyable and engaging virtual experience for our...

3 WAYS TO FIND OUR INFORMATION

During the months of January to April we completed a full administrative re-organization changing the organization to match our vision for sustainable and responsible license management through long term planning, pursuit of innovation and improved stakeholder...

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Mission Statement

The Kaslo and District Community Forest Society (KDCFS) will manage the diversity of values of the Community Forest in an ecologically responsible and fiscally accountable manner on behalf of the people of Kaslo and Area D.

 

Our Strategies

  • Increase Community control over the land that sustains us to ensure sustainability into the future
  • Create community venture opportunities through initiatives, networking and innovation
  • Employ the local workforce and keep the money local
  • Improve community safety through landscape level planning
  • Educate our youth to preserve resource knowledge and autonomy

About

Kaslo Community Forest Society

The Kaslo and District Community Forest Society is governed by a 9 member volunteer Board of Directors, seven of whom are elected by the membership for a one or two year term, and two who are appointees of the Village of Kaslo and the Regional District of Central Kootenay Area D. Today, the tenure is managed by Jeff Reyden, RPF, and Sabrina Mutterer, a local, contractual management team.

Annual      Steve Anderson, Chair, VOK Appointee
2018-2020   Ross Lake, Vice Chair
2017-2019   Tara Clapp, Treasurer
2018-2020   Steve Fawcett, Secretary
2017-2019   Marie-Ange Fournier-Beck
Annual      Chris Webster, RDCK Appointee
2018-2020   Stephen Neville,
2017-2019   Robin Mercy

Forest

Operations

The KDCFS area based tenure lies within the Kootenay Lake Timber Supply Area. Its boundaries span a gross area of 32,416 hectares (ha), of which roughly 19 percent consist of mountain tops and alpine tundra and 81 percent are productive forest. Roughly 10,000 ha of the productive forest are considered the “working forest”. Elevations range from 640m at Kootenay Lake to 2300m in the alpine…

Water

Domestic and Community watersheds comprise approximately 12,500 ha, or 38% of our license area. The integrity and maintenance of our numerous mountain streams supplying drinking water into our backyards place at the top of our management concerns. This is reflected in the KDCFS’s Watershed Policy. The community and urban interface within the tenure shelters many privately licensed water intakes along creeks, seeps and springs.

 

Recreation

Throughout history our forests have served vital and multifaceted roles for our communities. The segment undergoing rapid growth during recent years, both in economic and social terms, is forest recreation. As health awareness and a need to balance our increasingly electronic environment take on a primary focus in our lives, our forests have experienced a shift from traditional uses to a new adventure playground offering competitive and technically skilled challenges such as mountain biking, ridge races, tree skiing and geocaching circuits.

Contributions

In step with its mission statement, the Community Forest has invested into opportunities that would benefit the residents of Kaslo and Regional District Area D since its inception.

These opportunities arrived in various ways but were all targeted towards spearheading initiatives towards, or supporting existing local projects that addressed a wide cross-section of community organizations such as the arts, amateur sport, health and safety, education and recreation. These direct grant infusions into the local way of life has amounted to over $700,000 to date.

 

Become a

Member today!

Memberships are valid for a calendar year. In order to vote at the AGM, you must have a current membership. If you were eligible to vote at last year’s AGM, then you can purchase your membership the evening of the AGM (or earlier). If you didn’t have a membership last year, then you must purchase your membership at least 30 days before the AGM.

To be a member you must be at least 18 years of age, and have been a resident or property owner in Kaslo or Area D for 30 days and in BC for 6 months. All memberships expire December 31. Annual membership fee of $5.00

Regular Board Meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6pm upstairs in the Kemball Building. Exceptions will be posted on here.

Drop the completed form and payment off at Mel B Digital on Front Street, or mail with a cheque to Box 789, or email to manager@kaslocommunityforest.org (and pay by e-transfer).

Once your application has been reviewed and payment made, we will send you a password to access our online member page.
Forgot your password? Email manager@kaslocommunityforest.org

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