Background & Resources


The Municipality of North Cowichan is one of the few communities in North America that owns and manages forest lands for the benefit of residents. The Municipal Forest Reserve (MFR) is 5,000+ ha in size or 25% of the land base in North Cowichan. 

COMMUNITY INTEREST: In late 2018, Council began hearing from citizens interested in the Municipality's forestry activities within the reserve. On December 19, 2018, many members of the public attended a Council meeting to share questions and comments about the management of the MFR. Council has asked for a review of North Cowichan's forestry operations, but in the meantime, it is required by law to adopt a budget and set tax rates by May 15, 2019. To do this, Council has to make some immediate decisions about 2019 forestry operations, which will affect the 2019 budget.

A Special Council meeting was held on Friday, February 15, 2019 for Council to consider and decide on 2019 forestry operations. The agenda, with background reports, can be viewed here. At that meeting, Council decided to harvest only the remaining 2018 contract obligations (see map) and timber that was blown down in the recent windstorm, and to make up the nearly $150,000 resulting budget shortfall through the Forest Reserve Fund and through budget savings. Council also adopted a revised term of reference for its Forest Advisory Committee and decided to expand its membership to include a registered professional biologist, three community members, and representatives from local Indigenous groups. The expanded Committee's mandate will include a full review of forest management practices. The minutes from the February 15 Council meeting can be viewed here

FAQs: 2019 HARVESTING: The following document contains information about harvesting activities that will be occurring in North Cowichan’s Municipal Forest Reserve in 2019. In 2019, Council confirmed that harvesting will be limited to completion of 2018 contracts and salvaging blowdown from the December 2018 windstorm. 

Last updated - December 18, 2019
FAQ - Forestry and Harvesting 

Questions about technical aspects of 2019 harvesting activities can be sent to and this document will be updated with new questions and answers on a weekly basis.

Opinions about the future management of the Municipal Forest Reserve can be sent to


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The following is a compilation of resources, links, videos, and documents meant to provide general information and background around topics that include forestry practices, sustainability, management, and biodiversity. This list was compiled through a Council motion, and with input from several stakeholder groups, organizations, and individuals. This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of forestry educational opportunities/information. The information was compiled as a general information resource for the general public and does not directly relate to the Forestry Review or the public engagement processes.

General forest education



Resources for children: 


Educational resources: 



Carbon Credits


Forest ecosystem management

Cowichan Land Trust “Seeing Cowichan Forests through the trees” Heather Pritchard: Building awareness and community capacity to adopt voluntary best practices for tending forest ecosystems in the Cowichan region

 Webinars (all ages):