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Woodlot 0007  is crown forest land managed on behalf of the province by the BCIT Forest Society (BCITFS).  BCITFS has managed the land since 1985. Our mandate is to practice and demonstrate sustainable forest management on the woodlot, for the benefit of BCIT Renewable Resources students and the public at large. Students take part in a variety of forest management operations including planning, vegetation inventory, wildlife inventory, block layout, and silviculture.

Who is the BCTFS?

The BCIT Forest Society is a non-profit society whose membership includes current and past staff members of the BCIT Renewable Resources Programs.  The Society currently has an eight member board of directors made up of 6 current and past staff and two volunteer community advisory directors.

The Annual General Meeting is usually held in May or June.  For further information about the board members, please contact us.

Goals

The BCITFS has the following goals for Woodlot Licence W0007:

  • To operate as a financially self-sustaining, managed forest under the Ministry of Forests Woodlot Licence program.
  • To be an educational training facility and outdoor classroom for students and staff of the BCIT Renewable Resources Department.
  • To balance environmental, economic and social values while managing the woodlot.

The BCITFS has built a training facility at Woodlot 0007 to help facilitate student education. The centre can also be rented as a banquet hall and conference facility.  Learn More….

Description of the Woodlot

Woodlot Licence W0007 is a 275-hectare parcel of crown forest land with an Annual Allowable Cut of 2,600 cubic metres. The woodlot is located at the eastern boundary of the Municipality of Maple Ridge and to the north of Dewdney Trunk Road. Adjacent land owners include the Mission Tree Farm, BC Hydro powerline Rights-of-Ways, Kanaka Creek Regional Park and private lots.  See map. (documents/090317LicencePlanmap.pdf)The woodlot has a generally southern aspect with elevations ranging from 175m ASL in the south to about 590m ASL in the north. The overall terrain is moderately rolling with an average slope of 20%.

The area lies within the Coastal Western Hemlock Biogeoclimatic Zone Dry Maritime Subzone (CWHdm).

Vegetation inventory have shown the presence of species typically found in the CWHdm zone.

Three tree species dominate:

  • western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla),
  • western red cedar (Thuja plicata) and
  • Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

Minor populations of these species are also present:

  • grand fir (Abies grandis),
  • western white pine (Pinus monticola),
  • red alder (Alnus rubra),
  • black cottonwood (Populus balsamifera var. trichocarpa),
  • Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) and
  • western white birch (Betula papyrifera)

Wildlife inventory and personal observations have recorded the presence of a number of wildlife species. Here are a few commonly seen species:

Birds
Varied Thrush
Amercian robin
Bushtit
Chickadee
Junco
Red-tailed hawk
Turkey Vulture
Pileated woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Evening Grosbeak
Pine Sisken
Mammals
Coyote
Black Bear
Black-Tailed Deer
Douglas Squirrel
Oregon Vole
Amphibians & Reptiles
Northwestern Salamander
Tailed frog
Pacific Tree Frog
Ensatina
Northern Alligator Lizard
Garter snake
Fish
Coastal Cutthroat
Coho Salmon
Chum Salmon
Three-spined Stickleback