News & Announcements
Our wildfire risk reduction winter project in Schroeder Creek is nearing completion and we are preparing our return to Branch 7 for the spring to finish the remainder of the blocks. Here is an outlook where the action will be, with approximate timeline. We will be...
Our Post Harvest Tour was attended by 10 cold hardy people and we were being happily treated to a sunny day. We had good and positive discussions, with some concerns raised regarding harvesting too close to recreation trails, potential access created for motorized...
Hello Everyone, While we follow PHO directions from our Health Authorities, we invite you to join us in our ZOOM virtual Board Meetings: The next Board Meeting is on Wednesday March 17 at 6:30pm. Topic: Regular Zoom Board Meeting Join Zoom Meeting...
It feels like the last one was just yesterday. Now that we have all become avid ZOOM-ists, we are confident that we can return to our spring AGM schedule. Please keep your eyes open for regular updates on Social Media and in the Pennywise. For orientation: see below...
Our Landscape Level Wildfire Plan is complete and 4 year recommendations are presently implemented with the support from the provincial Wildfire Risk Reduction (WRR) and FES funding streams. 2020/2021 projects adjacent to the Kaslo/Shutty and the Schroeder...
We invite you to an update of our Wildfire Risk Reduction prescription work and a pre-treatment field review. This is a follow-up to our 2019 Community Consultations, kitchen table meetings and field discussions and will provide an opportunity to compare and discuss...
RDCK Disaster Preparedness
BCWFS Wild Fire Updates / Burning Restrictions
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.
- 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 co-managed by Jeff Reyden, RPF, and Senior Technologist Sabrina Mutterer, a local, contractual management team.
Annual Steve Anderson, Chair, VOK Appointee
2020-2021 Chris Webster, Vice Chair
2020-2021 Jeff Mattes, Treasurer
2020-2022 Steve Fawcett, Secretary
2019-2022 Stephen Neville
Annual Neil Johnson, RDCK Appointee
2019-2021 Graham McKellar
2020-2022 Greg Lay
2020-2022 Tom Duchastel
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.
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
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 email@example.com (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.
Comments or questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaslo and District Community Forest Society
Kaslo, BC V0G 1M0
Phone: (250) 353-9677