Quesnel’s wildfire safety in need of workers

By Frank Peebles
Quesnel Cariboo Observer
February 11, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Preparing communities for potential wildfire is what the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) does, and the City of Quesnel is one of their leading partners. The work to mitigate the potential of fires in the forest interfacing with urban areas inevitably and necessarily means strategic harvesting in the bush around any municipality, which means careful and meaningful thought put to the uses of that wood and the ways it can be logged, maximizing value and safety. The current challenge slowing the process is a lack of people to do the next wave of protective forestry work. But if there’s a municipality that has shown an ability to address the wildfire interface concern, with boots on the ground following an intelligent plan, it is Quesnel, said FESBC. …Training is the foundation of it all, said Quesnel’s former mayor Bob Simpson, a member of the Forestry Worker Supports and Community Resilience Council. 

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