Local community forests get funding for wildfire risk reduction projects

By Mark Page
Valley Voice in the Penticton Herald
December 15, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

During the ‘heat dome’ of 2021 firefighters from the BC Wildfire Service battled a large wildfire in the Trozzo Creek watershed close to many Slocan Valley communities. Thankfully, some of this area was already being managed by the Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo) to reduce fire intensity. “It was very useful,” said SIFCo manager Stephan Martineau. “That area was used as an anchor for a backburn that burned toward the fire and created a barrier for the advancing flames.” This stopped the fire in its tracks and allowed fire crews to establish and protect the northern edge of the wildfire. …Both the Nakusp and Area Community Forest and the Kaslo and District Community Forest Society have recently received FESBC grants totalling about $350,000 each, while SIFCo received approximately $500,000. Projects range from creating access roads for wildfire crews to thinning out forests so they don’t burn as intensely.

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