Residents in the Bulkley Valley and Lakes District will have greater protection from wildfires through a series of community-led projects following a funding announcement by the province.
The BC Community Forest Association coordinated with 15 community forests on 48 Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction (CLWRR) projects, including 10 within the Northwest Fire Centre region.
“Managed by local communities and First Nations for the benefit of the entire community, community forests are key partners in our work to reduce wildfire risks across the province,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests.
Completed or underway projects within the Northwest Fire Centre region are:
* Wetzin’kwa Community Forest: $571,272 for three prescription development projects and three operational treatments near Hudson Bay Mountain and Seymour Ridge.
* Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd.: $420,000 for two operational treatment projects and one prescribed fire project.
* Terrace Community Forest LLP: $95,000 for risk reduction tactical planning near Terrace and Kitimat.
Community forests led $5 million in CLWRR projects to increase wildfire resiliency for communities and critical infrastructure. These projects include cultural burning and prescribed fire, hazard reduction, tactical planning, fuel treatment and prescriptions, and other actions.
“The past couple of years have shown us all just how devasting the effects of wildfires can be on a community. With this new funding, communities here in northern B.C. will be able to better prepare to reduce and handle the risks associated with wildfires,” Nathan Cullen, MLA for Stikine.