How severe wildfires are reshaping the future of BC forests

By Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
September 2, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the burned-over hills between Ashcroft and Cache Creek, the Secwepemcúl’ecw Restoration and Stewardship Society is getting a glimpse of what the future holds for B.C. forests after a record 2023 wildfire season.  The Society, which represents eight Secwépemc First Nations, was formed in 2017 to advocate Indigenous principles in recovering from the 1,900-square-kilometre Elephant Hill fire of that year. Its researchers are already learning important lessons. “It depends on the severity of the fire,” said society CEO Angela Kane. “In some area’s nothing has come back because (the forest) is burnt so bad.”  “What our technicians, my people out on the land are telling me is that it burned so hot and deep into the ground that some of those seed banks are gone.  …“We’re learning the hard way (about) unintended consequences,” said wildfire ecologist Lori Daniels.

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