Forest management practices need to change to stem tide of wildfires

By Wayne Moore
June 4, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KELOWNA, BC — Wildfires will continue to grow in intensity and destruction if changes are not made to the way we manage our forests. To do that, there will need to be dramatic changes in practices that have gone on for decades and decades. And that will take time. That was one of the many takeaways from a 90-minute panel discussion on the effects of wildfires that kicked off a three-day solutions symposium hosted by UBC and UBC Okanagan.  The panel discussion included UBC professor Dr. Lori Daniels, UBCO professor Dr. Mathieu Bourbonnais, Joe Gilchrist from the Salish Fire Keepers Society, Dr. Paul Hessburg with the US Forest Service and West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund. “We need to fight fire with fire,” said Daniels. “Fire has a negative impact but it is also part of the solution. We need to change the way we manage our forest, changes in policy and changes in practice.”

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