In 2011, the Columbia Headwaters Community Forest (CHWCF) was established under the BC Societies Act and is now incorporated as a registered Society. Prior to this date the CHWCF received guidance under a Steering Committee. In February 2012 the first AGM was held. During that year the Steering Committee began a phase-out transition to cease to operate allowing the Society Board to solely govern the organization in early 2013. The CHWCF governance is guided by its Bylaws.