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Thinking of Harvesting Firewood?

A valid Free Use Permit is required to cut firewood on Crown Land in BC, including the areas within the North Island Community Forest. Permits are available thru the NICC...

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Welcome to our Website!

Welcome to the North Island Community Forest’s new information website!  Please explore our pages to learn Who We Are and to be informed about Events & Activities on an ongoing...

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Who We Are

Three North Island communities came together in 2011 to establish a community forest that would be a model for sustainable management and generate revenue, employment, business, recreational, educational and other opportunities for residents of the North Island.

The North Island Community Forest Agreement includes three discontinuous areas (Quatse Lake Area, Marble River Area & Alice Lake Area) with a combined total area of approximately 2,390 hectares. The Annual Allowable Cut determination for the community forest is 10,000 cubic metres of coniferous forests and 400 cubic metres of deciduous trees.

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We are widely recognized for our integrity and innovation in sustainable and successful management of the Community Forest to enhance healthy communities on northern Vancouver Island.


To innovatively manage our forest tenure to deliver long term benefits to North Island communities.


Integrity:  to act honestly and ethically to maintain the interests of communities; both in business practices and the sustainable management of the land.

Community Sustainability: To represent all the people of our region and bring local benefit, further local control of resources, and maintain a healthy business financially and ecologically.

Transparency: Active participation and openness


  1. Form partnerships and generate greater support of the North Island Community Forest throughout the region.
  2. Optimize and diversify revenue through the five-year cut, and provide opportunities for local businesses.
  3. Establish operational excellence in business and sustainable resource management.
  4. Increase the area and impact of the community forest within the North Island.