May Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction And Forest Health Improvement Project

West Boundary Community Forest, with funding provided by the Forest Enhancement Society of BC, is conducting a fuel-reduction , and wildlife enhancement project in the May Creek area.

Lodgepole pine and blowdown have been removed to mitigate the risk of a large-scale fire as well as provide access to fire crews in the future.

The northern section of the permit will focus on the removal of trees infected with mistletoe, root rot, and pine beetle. Thinning will provide the growing space for healthy trees to thrive and the understory to rejuvenate. Most of the harvesting will occur during the late Fall/Winter months and final cleanup will take place in late Spring 2019.

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Annual Public Meeting, Wed, Dec 5, 2018

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The annual WBCF Community Meeting was held on Wednesday, December 5 at McArthur Centre in Greenwood. Residents of West Boundary, as well as RDKB Area E Director, Vicki Gee, and local media attended to hear from the Board of Directors and the Manager of the Community Forest, Dan Macmaster, Registered Professional Forester, (RPF).

The presentation included information about forest operations completed this year, as well as current and future permits. In addition, Dan Macmaster outlined two grant applications to the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) which, if successful, will help to fund wildfire mitigation projects in the Jewel Lake and May Creek areas of WBCF.

Ross Elliott, Board Secretary outlined the governance structure, and provided financials including shareholder dividends, and disbursements in the form of grants and scholarships.

Attendees were invited to ask questions and provide their feedback. They also received a visual tour of the new website and Facebook page, and were invited to check in regularly and also share their feedback via posts, comments, email and phone. The purpose of the website and Facebook page is to provide the Board and Community Forest Manager with increased opportunity to engage with stakeholders, and broader access for residents to share feedback and seek information.

Click the link to view the PDF of the December 2018 Presentation to Community Members

FireSmart

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FireSmart Begins at Home

REDUCE THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF WILDFIRE ON YOUR HOME.

FireSmart is a national initiative to help property owners and communities understand the ways in which wildfire might threaten structures and property located in, and close to, forested and wildland areas, and the steps individuals and communities can take to reduce the susceptibility of buildings and property to fire.

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Protecting Your Community from Wildfire

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In addition to information on how to protect individual homes and properties, this manual provides individuals with the necessary tools in planning and in mitigating the risk of fire in interface areas within your community.

BC Community Forest Association

VICTORIA – The BC Community Forest Association (BCCFA) has released its annual report which summarizes the benefits of community forestry in BC.

Forty community forests participated in the survey, providing data from their last reporting year. This sample represents 93% of the operating community forests in the BCCFA. Most are small rural communities, with an average population of 3,360.

This year’s results show that community forests are creating 63% more jobs/ m3 than the industry average in their forestry operations. They operate in sensitive areas, while reliably supplying logs to both major processing facilities and small manufacturers. They are showing leadership in reducing the risk of wildfire to their communities and have a significant role in the process of First Nations reconciliation beyond the legal requirements of the tenure.

Trails to the Boundary Society

Trails to the Boundary Society was formed in 2016 to manage the Trans Canada Trail from Eholt to McCulloch. Although they are not within the West Boundary Community Forest they are adjacent and we have provided funding for their trail through the Vaagen mill yard in Midway. Trails of the Boundary took over management of the horse trails formerly managed by Kettle River Trails Association which dissolved in 2017. These trails run from the fair grounds in Rock Creek north through the Rock Creek block and access trails within steep creek block NE of Westbridge.

Boundary Invasive Species Society

Boundary Invasive Weed Society is a local society with the mandate to prevent and treat invasive weeds throughout the Boundary Region. They work with all BC Government, municipalities, licensees, and forest and range stakeholders to manage this problem. Their policies and strategies are part of the broad Provincial Weed Management program and therefore apply to WBCF.

Contact; Barb Stewart, Tel: 250-446-2232.