BC’s southern neighbours have wildfire risk reduction plans; BC doesn’t

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
September 1, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government doesn’t have a comprehensive wildfire and forest resilience plan unlike California and Washington state, whose plans have helped produce faster and more significant results.  B.C. has set no goals on how much land it wants to reduce wildfire risk on each year or larger timelines, and it doesn’t track and report publicly on progress, as do the two U.S. states, shows a review by Postmedia News of publicly available plans.   …California’s online tool — which provides public transparency and accountability — is part of a strategic wildfire and forest resilience plan launched by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2021. …Washington state launched its wildfire strategic protection plan in 2019.  …The Forests Ministry didn’t answer a question on whether it sets annual targets or a timeline.  Ministry staff said there is no “singular” database that tracks progress and is publicly available.

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