March 8, 2017



December 28, 2016

CCF Thinning Demonstration Project 

Sometime ago a thinning project was approved in principle by the Board of Directors.

It has languished on the drawing board pending access to funding. That hurdle was overcome this fall when the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources Operations (FLNRO) received funding from the recently formed Forest Enhancement Program. 

The project will be on the area of the Cranbrook Community Forest (CCF) immediately east of the College of the Rockies (COTR) extending to the gas line on the east and north from the old Cranbrook landfill site to the ravine coming out of Sylvan Lake. While this area was thinned more than 15 years ago, no appreciable increase in growth has occurred on the remaining trees. The project will consist of four plots, three of which will be thinned to 50, 100 and 200 stems per hectare respectively and the fourth left as is for a control plot. 

Over time, this project will demonstrate the response of forest vegetation to the different stocking levels. Its location, being readily accessible, will meet part of the educational objective of our community forest. 

Once thinning is complete a comprehensive monitoring plan will be set up, involving the CCF, COTR, FLNRO, the Rocky Mountain Trench Society and possibly other interested parties. Monitoring will record changes to the understory vegetation as well as the tree growth. This information can be used for public education and school and college environmental studies. 

At the same time, the COTR will be carrying out a thinning program on their land between the CCF and the college facilities. Both projects will be coordinated by the Rocky MountainTrench Society, which has extensive experience in managing such work. FLNRO has also received funding for fuel reduction on the area of the CCF (approx. 14 hectares) immediately south of the Fisher Place/Fisher Crescent residential subdivision. This activity will lessen the likelihood of wildfire impacting the residences and will be done at the same time as the other projects. 

The projects should start in late January or early February. The different work areas will be flagged to direct the contractor where to operate. Signs will be posted around the work areas stating precautions to be followed for safety and hazard avoidance. 

Thank you for your cooperation while work is occurring on these projects.


OCTOBER 13, 2016


To folks walking their dogs in the CCF - Reports of at least two poisonings resulting in death to the dogs within the p ast week. The substance is believed to be white and poison is highly toxic. Do not touch. If you notice anything suspicious, call the Cranbrook RCMP to report. (250-489-3471)  You can also report natural resource violations to 1(877) 952-7277.


Notice signs are posted at trailheads in the CCF.

JUNE 19, 2016


We want to remind all users of the Community Forest to be alert and observant when you are out enjoying the forest. There have been numerous sightings and encounters with coyotes lately and today, June 19, there was a sow black bear with cubs near the Bonehead and Migor trails.  One cub is light coloured.

It is our responsibility as visitors to protect ourselves and our pets when we are in the forest, which is the home for many species of wildlife. Carry bear spray and keep your pets under control.  The forest is a wild area and the coyotes, bears, deer, etc. are part of the natural ecosystem.  We are the "visitors".

Thank you.

CCFS Board of Directors

May 31, 2016

A reminder that the North Gate into the Community Forest will be opened at 6:00 am and re-locked at 10:00 pm daily beginning June 1st.  Vehicle access is permitted on the road only and there is no camping allowed in the forest and no potable water.  Facilities are limited to two outhouses located at Kettle Lake and Sylvan Lake.  Thank you for your cooperation!

May 17, 2016

Did you know -- 

Anyone who has walked in a forest knows by common sense the beauty of it. It’s why some people choose to live in forests, or next to them, and why other people travel thousands of miles to stand in Redwood forests, or the rain forests of Costa Rica or Ecuador. But researchers in Japan, where the tradition called shinri-yoku, or “forest bathing” is still strong, have discovered some biochemical reasons why. Researchers found that forest bathing optimizes natural immunity, which is important to prevent cancer as well as other chronic illnesses. How does that happen?

Sunset in the forest (13976490541)

When researchers sampled people before and after a 2-hour forest walk, they found all but one forest walker had a 50% higher killer T-cell count. They also had lower blood pressure, and felt calm and clear headed. Researchers explained the phenomenon: the forest trees and plants infused the environment with “antimicrobial allelochemic volatile organic plant-derived compounds called phytoncides that exterminate fungi and bacteria”. Translation please? Fungi and bacteria can spell trouble for our immune system. Turns out trees don’t like them either. Forests trees are often hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. The trees, and other plants, have evolved a protection, a compound they can produce, that kills fungi and bacteria. When you walk in the forest, you breathe and are infused with these compounds. The effect lasts for about 2 months.

Let’s say, when you walk in a forest, you bathe in the forest’s natural immunity. You’re immersed in the forest’s phytochemical immune system.

Professor Qing Li, of the Department of Hygiene and Public Health at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, gave this story to American Scientist writer Anna Lena Phillips. There’s more specific info in the article about effects on specific hormones as well, including noradrenaline and DHEA that affect stress response, and adiponectin, lower levels of which is associated with Type 2 Diabetes and obesity. The study appeared in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.

April 20, 2016

Note there will some sanctioned chainsaw work done in the Community Forest in the next few days.  This work is being done to manage populations of Douglas Fir Beetles that have infested local trees since the 2012 blowdown.  A short explanation of the project follows and a brochure with more detail can be opened from the attached .pdf file.

1.       To fall live trees in close proximity to trees that are infested with the beetle  (apprx 19 trees)

2.       The felled trees will act as trap trees

3.       The Trap trees absorb the adult beetle as they fly in the spring

4.       Doug-fir beetle are naturally attracted to trees on the ground

5.       The adult beetle lay their eggs in the trap trees

6.       Typically the cycle is the eggs that will be laid in Spring 2016 will then emerge in the Spring of 2017

7.       In November we will burn the trap trees on site, eliminating the eggs and thus next year’s adult population. The cycle will be broken.

  The trap trees should be felled in the days to come.

Click on the blue file lettering below to open....

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April 16, 2016

Regarding the East Hill bylaw zoning amendment application to the Regional District of East Kootenay. Adding “solar energy facility” to the list of permitted uses for that RR-60 zone would allow a utility scale “solar energy facility” to be constructed over some or all of the 6,600 acre property, larger than the size of the City of Cranbook. For City Council and RDEK Directors to suggest that Cranbrook and area residents interests would not be affected by such a potentially massive and visually intrusive development overlooking the east side of the City is misleading.  What assurances are being given to area residents beyond promises by a land owner that cannot be upheld after the bylaw is passed?

 Once the bylaw is adopted, there are no opportunities for any further input by area residents or the City of Cranbrook.

 The response period:  Address your letter to the RDEK Board of Directors, 19 - 24 Avenue N., Cranbrook, BC V1C 3H8.  They must receive it by April 26th.  Provide your name and address.  (Someone from outside the area might not carry the same weight as a local person.)

 The Public Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, at 7:00 PM in the RDEK Board room.

 Procedure:  You will have an opportunity to express your views but there will be no debate. Comments are recorded but letters tend to hold more weight. It’s important to be respectful and objective. 

 If nobody shows up to the hearing, the RDEK would be right in assuming there is no interest in this item

 The Public Hearing is our only opportunity to voice concerns.  The Public Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, at 7:00 PM in the RDEK Board room.

 For additional information contact Sharon Cross, 250-489-4412.


Come out to support the clean up initiative for our trailhead entrances into the CCF!  Saturday April 2  from 9-1 

(see attached file)

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CCFS news and presentations on forest restoration and our new trail plan.

Please attend to support your Community Forest !


TUESDAY   APRIL 14  at the COTR  Lecture Theatre Room 250    7:00 pm

Everyone welcome ! - this is our annual membership drive as well for renewals and new members.  We encourage your participation in the CCF Society so we may be able to continue responsible management and care of our Forest Recreation Area.


Please be aware that the Cranbrook Community Forest is designated and managed as a semi-wilderness area available for a wide range of non-motorized recreational activities and forest/grassland education encompassing over 2000 hectares. It is home to many forest animals and birds.  Unlike a city park, coyotes, deer, bear, cougars all live in this area.  While it is unlikely you will encounter the wild animals, you most likely will meet other people walking or cycling with their dogs.  Be aware of your surroundings, and if your dog is vulnerable or aggressive in any way, please use a leash or other means to keep them in control and to ensure your and your dog’s safety and the safety of other forest users.

Good advice from The Leash I Can Do, Dog Training Services

as presented at the CCFS AGM on April 2, 2014 ---

Recommended Etiquette for walking your dog off-leash

in Cranbrook Community Forest ----

-Check the parking lot before releasing your dog from your vehicle.

-Avoid other distractions such as electronic devices – keep your attention on your dog and be alert to your dog’s body language

-Don’t assume that your dog enjoys socializing with other dogs and CERTAINLY do not assume that other dogs want to socialize with yours

-If your dog will not come reliably when called, do not run him off leash – for your safety, your dog’s safety and the safety of other people and their dogs, and other trail users

-Step off the path to let others pass – if you see someone that has stepped off the path with their dog, do not let your dog approach them. If you are unable to control your dog, put him on a leash until you have passed

-Whenever your dog returns to you voluntarily while running off-leash, reward him! He is more likely to come when called if he is conditioned to receiving a reward

-Teach your dog ‘leave it’ command – for your dog’s safety

-Recognize that dogs often feel more vulnerable when they are on leash –it is your responsibility to protect them when they are confined to the length of a lead

-If your dog is intimidated by other dogs or people, put a yellow ribbon on his collar or leash to let others know. If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon, or if it is leashed, best to be cautious and leash your dog as well

-Leash your dog before returning to your vehicle

-Stick up for your dog, so he doesn’t have to stick up for himself!

Deb Girvin

(250) 581-2169


The CCFS AGM will be held this year on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 7:00 pm in the College of the Rockies Lecture Theatre (Room 250).  This is also our annual membership drive for renewals, and new members.  Everyone is welcome to attend this informal meeting to learn more about our forest and the projects we have completed over the past year.  If you are interested in becoming involved in the CCFS, or just want to volunteer for a work project, this is your opportunity. 

We look forward to seeing you there!



 August 2013

Cranbrook Community Forest Society is happy to announce that the new trail map for the Community Forest is now completed and available for sale at:  High Country Sports, Gerick Sports, Favorit Cycles, Lotus Books & Mountain Man Outdoors, with more outlets expected soon.  Thanks to funding from B C Hydro and countless hours of preparation, editing & perseverance by our Society board & volunteers, we now have a great, colourful guide to the Forest that will fit in your back pocket!  Special thanks go to Andrew McLeod & Chris Bullock for leading the final drive to finish the compilation of the map!  We hope the new map, used in conjunction with new trail signage installed this past spring, will provide users with a clearer knowledge of the trail system & a level of comfort in identifying locations.  The Cranbrook Community Forest Society is a non-profit society dedicated to the enhancement and protection of the integrity of the CCF.

Pictured at right are Ian Kozicky, BC Hydro Field Manager, Transmission, and Donations & Sponsorship Committee Member;   and Andrew McLeod, CCFS


The CCFS AGM will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm in room S114 of the College of The Rockies.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  If you are already a member of the Society or just interested in becoming a member, it will be an informative meeting with presentations by a local  Archeaologist, and two members of the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations, regarding forest health and ecosystem restoration.