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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. The Municipal Forest Reserve (MFR) consists of approximately 5,000ha of fee simple, private land owned by the Municipality and managed by the Forestry Department. The annual allowable cut is currently 20,000 m³/ year.
North Cowichan's municipal forester occasionally hosts forestry tours for school groups, stakeholders, and for the public.
You can take a forestry tour any time by following a self-guided tour. Download the document and follow along on your mobile device, or print it out and carry it with you.
Maple Mountain Forestry Tour
- Download the guide [PDF - 2 MB]
- Allow about two hours
- Suitable for all ages
- Walking tour includes sections of dirt trail that may not be suitable for all abilities.
- Tour starts and finishes at the Maple Mountain parking lot on Osborne Bay Road
Other tours will be added in the future.