Work is underway to enhance forest resilience to protect against the effects of wildfire and climate change in northern B.C. Through a provincial investment of $25 million, the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) has funded 22 new community projects, including one in the Omineca Region and one in the Skeena Region. “Chinook Community Forest (CCF) is happy to team up with the Forest Enhancement Society of BC… With this funding, CCF can demonstrate environmental stewardship within sensitive ecosystems that surround the outlying communities of Burns Lake, like Southbank, Danskin, Grassy Plains, Tatalrose, Takysie Lake and Rose Lake, to mitigate wildfire risk,” said Ken Nielsen, general manager, Chinook Community Forest.Wildfire-mitigation projects funded in the Skeena and the Omineca Regions include:
- Chinook Community Forest, $3,000,000 – Reducing fuel loading in areas heavily impacted by mountain pine beetle, on the south side of Francois Lake and near Rose Lake.
- McLeod Lake Mackenzie Community Forest, $1,401,666 – Wildfire risk-reduction treatments along Highway 39