Respected Legacy – Future Promise

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CASTLEGAR - Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Friday, July 6, 2018, Category 2 open burning will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction. This is in addition to the Category 3 open burning prohibition that was put in place on June 8, 2018....

What is happening to our deciduous trees?

It has become difficult to ignore: why is the foliage on our Birch trees (Betula papyrifera) turning brown across the landscape? It is the work of an insect introduced from Europe to eastern Canada in the 1920s. From there it has since spread west to Saskatchewan,...


BC Flood and Wildfire Review 2018 A thought provoking report and a look at future directions for our province. "According to the newly released BC Flood and Wildfire Review, we have entered an era of a “new normal” in climate conditions. This brings new challenges...

Planting 2018 COMPLETED

Wildhorse Forestry Services Ltd from Ymir has planted the last of our 157,636 seedlings for the 2018 season. Most of our trees were allocated to the four CP36 blocks in Keen Creek that were harvested in 2016, but some went to replace mortality in older blocks that...

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 – August 8 at the new Location

NEWS: We are changing our meeting venue. The Kemball Memorial Building is locking 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 ...


The Wildfire and Climate Change Conference from June 26 to 29 was a packed event of nearly 200, with close to an even attendance of field professionals and community members. We mingled with many familiar local faces and with visitors from across the province....

Harvest Updates CP 39 and CP 40

July 6  CP39, the strip cuts on the Wagon Road by South Fork is 90% complete. The wood is sold to Kalesnikoff Lumber, Stella Jones, Porcupine Wood Products. This cable block is being logged by Iron Peaks from New Denver. The crew has built a forwarding trail to access...

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...


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


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



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…


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.



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.


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.


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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 (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.
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