Through a provincial investment of $25 million, the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) has funded 22 new community projects in the West Kootenay regions; and areas like Westbridge, Rock Creek, Midway, Greenwood and Grand Forks.
This includes work to reduce wildfire risk while enhancing wildlife habitat, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from slash pile burning, and support forest recreation and ecological resiliency.
From this provincial investment, the West Boundary Community Forest has received the amount of $1,137,365 in funding for wildfire-mitigations projects.
“The funding from FESBC will be used for five projects within our community forest: two addressing forest-fuel buildup using both mechanical and hand treatments; two will treat forest stands after they’ve been harvested to prevent catastrophic wildfires, and one will create a safer evacuation route for locals and those visiting our community forest,” said Dan Macmaster, community forest manager, West Boundary Community Forest.
“If not for the funding from FESBC, we would not be able to move as quickly as we need to proactively do this important work to minimize the wildfire risk to communities, critical transportation corridors; and valuable infrastructure people in rural communities rely on.”
For more details, see https://news.gov.bc.ca/27378
For an interview with West Boundary Community Forest contact:
Dan Macmaster, RPF, Forest Manager
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