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Forest Enhancement Society of BC projects

Examples of completed or soon-to-be-completed projects include:  

Douglas Fir Fire Rehabilitation

Organization: Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation Ltd.
2018-20 funding: $7,500,000
Jobs created: 64
This project includes planning, harvesting and planting in high burn intensity interior Douglas fir stands hit during the 2017 wildfires.
Planning includes small areas of bark beetle management using anti-aggregation pheromones and a feasibility study for biomass transport to bioenergy facilities. The project also involves overstory removal of dangerous trees, site preparation, sowing of seedlings and planting. The local First Nation communities will plant several million seedlings during the next few years. One of the innovative projects being implemented under this proposal is the use of drones and seed “pucks” to reforest a wildfire-devastated area. This is a pilot/operational trial with initial results expected over the course of the summer and coming years.

Fibre Utilization in the Cariboo Region

Organization: Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation Ltd.
2018-21 funding: $2,905,572
Jobs created: 30
This project involved transporting uneconomic residual wood to pulp mills, a pellet plant, and an electric power generation plant to avoid waste pile burning emissions and improve fibre utilization. The residual fibre is typically required by regulations to abate the fire hazard and therefore is burned. Due to the fibre being of poor quality, small piece size and a long distance from markets, it is uneconomic. The volume of residual fibre is generated through a combination of commercial harvesting operations for sawlogs and from landscape-level wildfire risk-reduction treatments. Some areas of very old mountain pine beetle-killed forests are historically rehabilitated using commercial harvesting, but given that the trees have been damaged, large volumes of residual uneconomic fibre are created. The recovery of this fibre creates economic opportunity, ecological restoration and employment stability for First Nations and local logging contractors.

Williams Lake Power Plant 2019-20

Organization: Atlantic Power (Williams Lake) Ltd.
2019-20 Funding: $1,007,331
Jobs created: nine
This project enhanced recovery and utilization of fibre by supporting the transportation of uneconomic fibre to Atlantic Power for use to generate electricity. Recovery also contributed to greenhouse gas emission reduction by avoiding pile burning and reducing the need for other means of electricity generation. The power plant was originally built to assist the forest industry in replacing beehive burners. Over the years, the vast majority of the power plant fibre needs were met by local sawmills.

More recently, the fibre demand has to be met by utilization of fibre from the forests directly, resulting in a demand for "bush run" wood fibre. This project assisted Atlantic Power in running their facility and providing power to more than 50,000 homes in British Columbia during a 12-month operating period. The fibre utilized by Atlantic Power is uneconomic and generally otherwise is burned in residual waste-wood pile burning. This project maintained local employment, power generation and many other ancillary benefits for the City of Williams Lake and its residents along the San Jose valley.

Douglas Fir Forest Resiliency Treatments
Williams Lake First Nation
2020 Funding: $1,399,305
Jobs created: 20
Williams Lake First Nation has embarked on a program of ecosystem restoration in its core territory and is simultaneously achieving community wildfire protection objectives. This program has been undertaken with support from Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) and B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, as well as a number of crews and contract employees. The primary purpose for the Nation is to restore the health of the forest by initially mechanically thinning and, in time, returning to the traditional practice of applying cultural fire to the land. The Ministry of Forests and FESBC have each supported parts of this work that have included thinning, selling logs and biomass into the local market, and surface fuel reduction close to homes. From April 2021 to March 2022, the Nation treated a gross area of more than 300 hectares and is working to develop more area for treatment.