Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Province provides $5 million to reduce wildfire risks in community forests

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Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Province provides $5 million to reduce wildfire risks in community forests

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Ministry of Forests, Lands,
Natural Resource Operations
and Rural Development
Media Relations
250 213-8172
Jennifer Gunter
Executive Director
BC Community Forest Association
250 384-4110
Media Contacts
Ministry of Forests, Lands,
Natural Resource Operations
and Rural Development
Media Relations
250 213-8172
Jennifer Gunter
Executive Director
BC Community Forest Association
250 384-4110

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Province invests in wildfire risk reduction for community forests

The B.C. government has provided $5,008,792 to the BC Community Forest Association to fund 44 projects that will reduce wildfire risks and support local jobs, as part of the provincial economic recovery plan.

Risk reduction activities vary, depending on the project, but they may include: thinning trees; cutting back underbrush and low branches (ladder fuels); conducting prescribed burns to remove flammable material; developing operational plans to reduce wildfire risks; or developing treatment prescriptions to identify how to reduce wildfire risks in an particular area.

The funding will be distributed as follows (grouped by fire centre):

$1,479,824 within the Cariboo Fire Centre:

  • $486,374 to Esk’etemc Community Forest for three operational treatment projects and one prescribed fire project (covering about 293.5 hectares)
  • $589,200 to Eniyud Community Forest Ltd. for one treatment prescription development and two operational treatment projects (about 174 hectares)
  • $404,250 to Williams Lake Community Forest Limited Partnership for one operational treatment (about 70 hectares)

$1,527,673 within the Kamloops Fire Centre:

  • $409,023 to Logan Lake Community Forest Corporation for two prescription development projects and one operational treatment (about 251 hectares)
  • $85,096 to Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society for a prescription development project near the community of Barriere (about 275 hectares)
  • $667,004 to Monashee Community Forest LLP for three prescription development projects and two operational treatments near Lumby (about 77.4 hectares)
  • $366,550 to Vermilion Forks Community Forest Corporation for one prescription development project and one operational treatment between Princeton and Tulameen (about 200 hectares)

$1,178,600 within the Northwest Fire Centre:

  • $420,000 to Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd. for two operational treatment projects and one prescribed fire project (about 150 hectares)
  • $663,600 to Wetzin’Kwa Community Forest Corporation for three prescription development projects and two operational treatments near Hudson Bay Mountain and Seymour Ridge (about 270 hectares)
  • $95,000 to Terrace Community Forest LLP for risk reduction tactical planning near Terrace and Kitimat

$822,695 within the Southeast Fire Centre:

  • $204,620 to Creston Valley Forest Corporation for one prescription development project, one operational treatment and one prescribed fire project (about 57.6 hectares)
  • $184,070 to Harrop-Procter Community Co-operative for one prescription development project and four operational treatments (about 107.1 hectares)
  • $260,505 to Kaslo and District Community Forest Society for a combination of three prescription development projects, with one of those projects also incorporating an operational treatment (about 145 hectares)
  • $25,000 to Nakusp and Area Community Forest prescription development (about 185.7 hectares)
  • $148,500 to Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative for one prescription development project, two operational treatments and one prescribed fire project (about 193.2 hectares)

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