Cowichan Lake
Town of Lake Cowichan

121 Point Ideal Drive
P.O. Box 428,
Lake Cowichan, British Columbia
Canada   V0R 2G0
Telephone: (250) 749-6320
Facsimile: (250) 749-6321


For a number of years, community leaders in government, labour, and business have strongly believed that the Cowichan Lake community should be more involved in the decision making process dealing with the use and distribution of the area's forest resource.


Local employment in the forest industry declined as sawmills closed, harvesting levels were cut back, and more and more of the forest resource was trucked out of the local trading area for processing. On June 24, 1994, as part of the provincial governments Island Job Strategy, Premier Mike Harcourt encouraged the Cowichan Lake area to establish a Community Forest, and apply for a Forest Licence for the 3,000 hectare Bolduc Block near Gordon River.


Membership is limited to corporations/societies, as defined by the Co-Operative Association Act, whose members reside or work in the Cowichan Lake area and which have an interest in the management, operation and sustainability of the local forest resource. A seat will remain available to the Lake Cowichan First Nations on the CLCFC Board


The CLCFC received financial assistance from both the Co-Operative Development Branch and Forest Renewal BC. These funds were to cover the initial development costs including the incorporation, as well as the preparation of the Forest licence bid, and other management costs until such a time as the Co-Operative began making a profit.