Municipal Forestry Program

This Fact Sheet [PDF - 128 KB] provides a summary about management and benefits of North Cowichan's Municipal Forest Reserve. 

Municipal Forest Reserve  - Forestry Information

Would you like to know more about the Municipal Forestry Reserve?  Visit our interactive forest map to learn where the reserve is located, the types and ages of trees you will find in the forest, recreational trail locations, the wide variety of sensitive ecosystems the forest supports, and past forestry activity.

2019 Forestry Review and Community Interest

In winter 2018, North Cowichan began hearing from residents interested in the Municipality's forestry activities. Council struck an expanded Forest Advisory Committee and tasked it with undertaking a review of North Cowichan's forestry operations. Because of community interest, Council also decided that in 2019, it will only harvest remaining 2018 contract obligations and timber blown-down in the December 2018 windstorm. This page has been set up to track Council decisions and information about 2019 harvesting and the forestry review. 

Mission Statement

"To maintain and enhance North Cowichan's valuable municipal forest resources for all users through sustainable forestry, ecological stewardship, & sound fiscal management"

The Municipality of North Cowichan is one of the few communities in North America that has privately owned forest lands that are managed for the benefit of residents. This is called the Municipal Forest Reserve, and through it, North Cowichan owns 5,000 ha of lands, which make up 25% of the total land area of North Cowichan. Another 25% of the Municipality falls within the Agriculture Land Reserve, making half of our community unavailable for development. This combination of forestry and agricultural lands gives North Cowichan a sizeable amount of green space and adds to our quality of life.