To hold and manage the Community Forest Licence on behalf of, and with direction from, the people of the Kaslo/North Kootenay Lake community.
The Society began with a15 year, Non-Replaceable Forest Licence with an Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) of 10,000 cubic metres of timber. As a requirement of the licence, all activities on the chart area must be in accordance with relevant provincial and regional acts and regulations.
The original operating area was 6,100 hectares, located adjacent to the Village of Kaslo. The area covered from Schroeder Creek south to the Kaslo River, Blue Ridge east to Kootenay Lake, the Kemp Creek watershed, Mount Buchanan from Kaslo west to Seven Mile Creek, and northern portions of True Blue Mountain.
Since its inception, the KDCFS has lobbied the government to provide it with an opportunity to convert its existing tenure to a long-term tenure. In August 2004, the government responded with enabling legislation and an invitation for KDCFS to apply for a probationary community forest agreement. In January 2006, the government provided the essential ingredients for the KDCFS to prepare an application: it specified the AAC for the new licence area (an AAC of up to 25,000 m3), and it provided the KDCFS with the application particulars.
In August 2006 the Society applied for a Probationary Community Forest Agreement (click to view). With some minor amendments to the application, the PCFA was granted to the Society in 2008. The Kaslo & District Community Forest Society signed on to a new type of forest licence (Community Forest Agreement K3C) that is area-based, which means that KDCFS has the exclusive rights to harvest timber within its designated chart area, and agrees to assume all of the obligations for the sustainability of this land specified in the Agreement and described in the statements of the Forest Stewardship Plan: Click Here to View FSP Documents The AAC for the new Agreement is 25,000 cubic metres a year. This is measured in 5 year periods, called Cut Control. In January 2013 the Society embarked on its second 5 year cut control. To view the chart area of the timber lands the community forest has under tenure simply click the link: FSP Map
Early in 1996, the British Columbia Ministry of Forests designated a Non-replaceable Forest Licence within Kaslo and Regional District Area D. This new forestry opportunity was part of a re-allocation of the timber reserve in the Kootenay Lake Forest District. At a community meeting, the multi-sectoral community-based resource advisory group, the Kaslo and Area Round Table (KART) was asked to proceed with a unified application for a community forest that would benefit Kaslo and the surrounding area.
KART subsequently set up a broadly representative Planning Committee. The goal of the Planning Committee was to produce a governance model for the fledgling community forest society that would contribute to the sustainability of the community and its resources. Their desire was to include the interests of the community and ensure greater community control.
The operating model which was created was the result of a consensus-based process of multi-sectoral public consultation which was recognized with an FRBC Community Excellence Award for 1997.