Quesnel takes advantage of provincial funding to reduce wildfire risk

By Ted Clarke
Prince George Citizen
February 7, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Quesnel’s Forestry Initiatives Program has reduced wildfire risk in 230 hectares of forested areas surrounding the community with funding available through the Forestry Enhancement Society of B.C. FESBC has so far provided $1.7 million for the Quesnel program since 2018. Wildfire risk reduction was the top priority but Kozuki said the plan also earned high marks for incorporating recreational trails and connecting them to logging roads in the area to improve access. …It also earned credit for collecting biomass fibre that was used to make wood pellets. Kozuki said the project was also well-supported in the community. Quesnel had an innovative approach to forestry enhancement but Kozuki says that doesn’t mean that FESBC project will work in every community. He said each project is proponent-driven and what the program provides will depend on what each community identifies as its priorities.

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