Briggs fire will affect Kaslo Community Forest for years to come

By John Boivin
Nelson Star
December 5, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The manager of Kaslo and District’s community forest says a fire that burned in their tenure area last summer could cost it millions of dollars – and even threaten its long-term viability. Representatives from the Kaslo and District Community Forest Society (KDCFS), Village, and emergency officials are planning to meet soon to assess the long-term damage caused by the Briggs Creek wildfire. The fire could be devastating to the community forest, says KDCFS manager Jeff Reyden. “It’s fairly concerning,” he told the Valley Voice. “If the timber was totally wiped out and unsalvageable, it would have a larger impact, but if the markets – they’ve been really strong the last couple of years – if they tank next year, and we can’t sell the timber, it could have a huge impact on our licence.” The Briggs Creek fire began Aug. 1 in the high country about 11 kilometres west of Kaslo.

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