What is a Community Forest Agreement (CFA)?
A community forest agreement (CFA) is an area-based forest tenure issued by BC Ministry of Forests that allows harvest of timber on provincial forest land. CFAs were intended to provide communities with opportunities to have more control over how their local forests are managed and directly receive benefits from forest development occurring in their area. Powell River CFA was awarded in August 2006 and covers approximately 7,100 hectares of forest area. A sustainable allowable annual cut has been calculated at 35,000 cubic metres per year. Powell River Community Forest (PRCF) is responsible for all planning, development and reforestation activities of the CFA.

Who is Powell River Community Forest Ltd.?
Powell River Community Forest (PRCF) is an independent corporation set up by City of Powell River. It holds the CFA on behalf of the entire community. We are a for-profit forest company, however, what sets us apart is that 100 per cent of profits are returned to community.

View an interactive map of Powell River Community Forest.

PRCF is directed by a nine-person volunteer board of directors, blending forestry and business experience.

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Current directors are:

Bill Bird

Lori Brown

Ron Fuller

Mark Hassett

Greg Hemphill

Janet May

Howie McKamey

Rod Tysdal

Mark Anderson

Our Forest Manager

PRCF has a forest management contract with Results Based Forest Management (RBFM), a local forestry consulting company which does a range of forestry work for a number of companies. Chris Laing, the owner of RBFM works closely with the PRCF board to ensure PRCF is not only a successful business but also delivers the highest standard of forest practices on the CFA. Chris is our main contact for the public, user groups and contractors wanting information about what is happening on the ground.

Phone: 604-487-9540  Email: chrislaing@shaw.ca

Chris Laing - Powell River Community Forest

Community Forest

• Maintain healthy and productive forest ecosystems.

• Deliver sustainable forest-management practices.

• Protect the water quality in the Haslam Lake and Lang Creek community watersheds. View Documents.

• Provide opportunities for local contractors, mill owners and value added manufacturers.

• Protect key forest recreation resources.

• Achieve clear business and financial performance targets.

• Use profits as a foundation for investment in the community.

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Community Forest

City of Powell River established the community forest reserve fund (bylaw 2012/08) to receive dividend deposits from Powell River Community Forest. Monies received will be used for special community projects that will benefit the community as a whole. Before deciding on use of the fund, the city will seek input from PRCF.

The fund has supported a wide variety of projects of different themes and sizes for community groups and the city. View a photo gallery of past projects.

We welcome new grant applications and updates to existing applications at any time. Our rolling application list is updated and reviewed on an ongoing basis with city staff. More information on the process to apply and our evaluation criteria can be found on our Grants & Scholarships page.

Powell River Community Forest Projects


Community Forest

Explore the management areas of Powell River Community Forest on Google Maps. Development maps outline management areas as well as roads and trails. View maps online or download offline maps to your smartphone and gps for viewing in no cellular reception areas.

Powell River Community Forest Ltd.

4760 Joyce Ave.
Powell River, BC
V8A 3B6

Direct Contact

Chris Laing – PRCF Manager

Greg Hemphill – President

Callie Matthews - Mgr Properties, Partnerships, & Public Relations

Forest Fire

Local: 604.483.3666

Provincial 1.800.663.5555



Stay up to date with PRCF’s current activities and trail/road closures. Follow  PRCF on Instagram or send an email and request being added to our email notification list.