Firewood Permits Extended

To assist our Firewood Permit Users and staff avoid contact, all Firewood Permits expiring March 30, 2020 will be extended to April 15th, 2020. Enforcement agencies will be notified however please print this notice and attach it to your permit.

Further extensions will be considered based on fire risk so check back regularly for updates if you’re planning to use your permit at this time.

If you would like to obtain a firewood permit, while our office is closed to the public we can issue permits by e-mail. Please inquire at with your name, address, phone number, and license plate. We are currently issuing permits in block WL01, the fire block near Phare Lake. We are not currently logging and do not have the authority to issue permits for the recently logged blocks in our community.

Office Closure

In the interest of the health and safety of our staff and community, our office will be closed until at least March 24th, 2020.  We will post any further updates on our website and Facebook page.  Please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail:


Administrator                       Sara Zieleman        250.464.9171   


Operations Manager          Dave Lasser            604-740-7208    


Open House – March 9th

Join us at the Seaside Centre from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.  Our most current operations plan map will be available for review at our upcoming Open House at the Seaside Centre.  Operations Manager Dave Lasser, RPF will be there to answer any questions you may have.  Please submit feedback in writing.

Legacy Fund Grants

At the October 16, 2019 regular Council meeting of the District of Sechelt, Councilors approved our recommendations for five Legacy Fund grants.

Pender Harbour District Health Centre – $40,000 to purchase and equip a handicapped accessible van which will be used to transport residents to health appointments.

Roberts Creek Community Association – $100,000 to replace the roof of the Roberts Creek Community Hall and/or make exterior repairs.

Rotary Club of the Sunshine Coast – $35,000 to purchase and install Automated External Defibrillators throughout the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Arts Council – $100,000 to replace the roof of the Arts Centre in Sechelt and/or make other necessary repairs.

syiyaya Reconciliation Project – $10,000; the final installment for the Totem Pole carving project being undertaken by Mr. Tony Paul.


The 5th annual Wood Expo was held on September 14 at the Seaside Centre. There were 24 local exhibitors showing the beauty and diversity of wood through their various projects. Artists, hobbyists, furniture makers, carvers, boat builders, wood turners and so many more exhibited one of a kind items, many not before seen by the public.

Go to our Wood Expo page to get more information.


The Sunshine Coast Community Forest, in consultation and cooperation with our shareholder the District of Sechelt, is pleased to announce that it has provided funding of approximately $110,000 to the Sechelt Fire Department for the purchase of a Type 2 Structure Protection Unit (SPU).

The purpose of the SPU is to provide outdoor fire protection to approximately 30 homes at a time. It is equipped with pumps, hoses, sprinklers, etc. that can be mounted on the roof of a home and on the ground right beside the home. The SPU is deployed with a five-person crew to set up the sprinkler system.

The SPU will be owned and maintained by the Sechelt Fire Department and will be available for use by all six fire departments on the lower Sunshine Coast, based on equipment sharing agreements currently in place. Training of the six fire departments’ personnel will be conducted by the Sechelt Fire Department.

The Community Forest would like to express our sincere thanks to Sechelt Fire Chief Trevor Pike, Deputy Chief Dwight Davison and Firefighter Bill Ellsner for their leadership and efforts to purchase and equip the Structure Protection Unit.


The Community Forest extends our thanks to those who came out to the Chatelech Secondary School Theatre June 10 to hear four extremely knowledgeable speakers share their expertise on fire ecology, urban interface fire behaviour and first-hand experience with catastrophic fires.

Our gratitude is extended to the four speakers who volunteered their time to be with us. They are:

     Brian McNaughton – General Manager, Federation of BC Woodlots
     Retired District Manager – Williams Lake Forest District
     Evacuee of the 2017 Williams Lake Fire

     Tom Bradley, RFT
     Forestry Supervisor – Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative

     Dr. Lori Daniels, PhD – Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Forest & Conservation
     Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, UBC

     Bruce Blackwell, RPF, RPBio
     Owner – Bruce Blackwell & Associates

This event was filmed and will be broadcast on Coast Cable a number of times over the next few months. They have informed us that it is also available for viewing any time through Eastlink’s On Demand system. Go to Community TV → Special Interest → Coast Community Special → 2018 2019 → Fire Prevention.

As the film is copyrighted by Coast Cable we cannot provide a link to it through our website.

Our thanks also to Capilano University ElderCollege who sponsored three community events which played the film from June 10. The Community Forest Operations Manager and local Fire Chief facilitated each event which were all very well attended. 


The Community Forest (SCCF) has one volunteer vacancy to fill on the five-member SCCF Legacy Fund Assessment Committee. The SCCF Legacy Fund is based on revenue generated by the Community Forest which is surplus to operating needs. As a member of the Committee you will evaluate applications for Legacy Funds submitted by community groups, public sector agencies and non-profit organizations based on established criteria. Committee recommendations are then forwarded to the District of Sechelt Council for consideration of approval. The Committee is expected to meet up to four times per year.

If you are interested, please submit a written expression of interest to the Community Forest office. Please include:
  • Your name, residential and mailing address, e-mail address and phone number;
  • A short statement or resume of your background, knowledge, experience and interests.

Please submit your completed application to:
     Sunshine Coast Community Forest
     Attention: Administrator
     P.O. Box 215
     Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0

or by e-mail:
                         Subject: Assessment Committee Application

For more information please contact the Community Forest office at 604-885-7809.

Legacy Fund Grants

At the January 16, 2019 regular Council meeting of the District of Sechelt, Councilors approved our recommendations for seven Legacy Fund grants.

Gibsons Marine Rescue Society – $80,000 to construct a new boathouse in which to park the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue boat.

Gibsons Public Market – $35,000 to install a solar array which will reduce the use and cost of hydro electric power for the Marine Education CenPost - LF SCSAC 2019tre.

Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre – $100,000 for major renovations to add a dining room and upgrade the kitchen facilities.

Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society – $30,500 to conduct hydrologic and well assessments in order to have their wells approved for use rather than taking water from Chapman Lake to feed the hatchery.

Syiyaya Reconciliation Movement – $10,000 to complete their totem carving project.

Sunshine Coast Baseball Association – $20,000 to install a new batting cage at Brothers Park.

Sunshine Coast Fastball League – $50,000 to upgrade Hackett Park with improved backstops and fencing.

All of these projects will provide lasting benefits to the communities of the Sunshine Coast.

Forest Practices Board finds SCCF harvesting at Wilson Creek appropriate

VICTORIA – An investigation of a public complaint on the Sunshine Coast has found that the Sunshine Coast Community Forest took the appropriate steps when planning and harvesting a cutblock near Wilson Creek.

“The issue of sediment in water and impacts on fish habitat is a serious one. This investigation highlights the reasonable steps a forestry licensee should take when working in areas with natural terrain hazards that are also important for fish, water and community interests,” said Kevin Kriese, board chair.

The complainant was concerned that the community forest had not assessed the risks of logging the cutblock and had caused sediment to enter Wilson Creek, a fish-bearing stream. The investigation found that the community forest had followed all legal requirements and completed several voluntary assessments, which found that forest harvesting would not pose a significant risk to terrain stability, water flows or fish habitat. The assessments included recommendations to minimize potential impacts of harvesting, which the community forest had followed.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board investigates public complaints about forest and range practices on public lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.


Darlene Oman
Forest Practices Board
250 213-4705 / 1 800 994-5899

See Full Report Here: