The Children’s Forest

The Children’s Forest

A Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island has been formed to purchase Island Timberland forest land holdings immediately adjacent to Carrington Bay Park on Cortes Island. These forest lands will be held in trust for all the children of
Cortes Island, in perpetuity. They will offer educational, recreational, cultural and spiritual value for all our children. They will provide the opportunity for our youth to embrace and practise stewardship of forest lands and watersheds.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!”
— Goethe

Ecological Significance

These forest lands, at the heartland of Cortes Island, are ecologically significant and contain the provincially designated sensitive ecosystems: riparian, wetland, herbaceous, woodland and old growth. These forests are home to many rare plant communities and species that are listed on both the provincial and federal species at-risk lists. The biologically diverse James Creek watershed provides extensive wetland and riparian habitat that supports cutthroat trout and spawning salmon. This heartland represents vital wildlife corridors and protects the beauty and wildness of the northern parts of Cortes Island.


 The Forest Alphabet

The children of Cortes Island are engaged in a Forest Alphabet art initiative to promote the Forest Trust. The Forest Alphabet contributes a valuable educational component and is presented to the public through the irresistible artwork of children inspired by a love of place!

The Job of Moss
The job of moss is to grow, to soak up water,
to make the forest glow,
to be a house or a hiding place for a bug.
The job of moss is to be a sitting place for me,
to be a soft bed for a deer,
to help the forest grow, to soak up
the wonders of the forest.
The job of moss is to be there when needed,
to become the future and to be the past,
to be a million different shades of green
and to be at ease with everything around it.
The job of moss is to flow with the water,
to be part of nature’s cycle,
to help the earth hear, feel, touch and see.

by Ruben Gregg

Forest Trust Contacts

Make a pledge to support land purchase today! Please contact us today to support the protection of the Children’s Forest!