The BC Government has announced $134 million for forest enhancement projects around the Province.
$2.1 million of that funding will support projects in the Kootenay-Boundary region.
Communities and wildlife will benefit from $134 million being awarded by the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. (FESBC) to 71 forest enhancement projects around the Province, Premier John Horgan announced Friday.
“In the wake of the 2017 wildfires, our government has a responsibility to restore damaged forests and support communities,” said Premier Horgan. “These investments in reforestation will benefit ecosystems, workers and the communities that rely on forestry for their livelihood.”
Over $99 million is being awarded in the Cariboo, with the majority focused on forest enhancement and restoration of public forests impacted by the 2017 wildfires. Approximately 30% of the work will involve, or be led by, First Nations and their partners.
The funding for the Cariboo also includes $65 million for the Forest Carbon Initiative, which is a key part of the Province’s commitment to climate action. The initiative supports projects such as increased planting density, incremental reforestation, improved utilization and enhanced fertilization to grow and store forest carbon, reduce emissions and deliver greenhouse gas benefits.
“Forestry supports tens of thousands of workers and families throughout the province,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Today’s funding will help support B.C.’s economy and our environment.”
“We’re pleased to able to award funding toward FESBC’s five purposes to projects throughout the province that will benefit forest workers and communities, ecosystems and wildlife habitat,” said Wayne Clogg, chair, Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. “The funding provided by FESBC helps to restore and enhance B.C.’s Crown forests, providing a tremendous benefit for future generations.”
The Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. was set up specifically to advance the environmental and resource stewardship of British Columbia’s forests by:
– preventing and mitigating the impact of wildfires;
– improving damaged or low-value forests;
– improving habitat for wildlife;
– supporting the use of fibre from damaged and low-value forests; and
– treating forests to improve the management of greenhouse gases.
Some of the local projects receiving funding can be found below.
City of Cranbrook Feasibility Study – Planning-Partnership with City of Cranbrook and the Rural Development Fund
Cranbrook Community Forest, College of the Rockies – Wildfire hazard reduction project
Elko and Baynes Lake – Fuel Management Treatment for a duck pasture
Gold Creek 3 Treatments / South and West Cranbrook WUI – Wildfire hazard reduction and habitat restoration
Prescriptions / South and West Cranbrook WUI – Wildfire hazard reduction and habitat restoration
Gold Creek 5 / South and West Cranbrook WUI – Wildfire hazard reduction and habitat restoration
Indian Springs North and South – Prescriptions and fuel management treatments for areas adjacent to reserves.
Community of Elko / Sheep Mountain – Wildfire hazard reduction and habitat restoration
Premier Provincial Park, BCTS – Partnership with BCTS to perform wildfire hazard reduction and habitat restoration
Rural community of Rushmere – Wildfire hazard reduction and habitat restoration
Windermere Lake Park – Fuel Management Treatments which mechanically reduce the tree stocking and ladder fuel build up.
Selkirk Restoration – Rehabilitationwork and habitat restoration in response to Rock Creek wildfire in 2015.
Westview Estates, 10 km South of Cranbrook – Wildfire hazard reduction and habitat restoration
Westview Estates, Landscape fuel break, Trench Society – Fuel Management Treatments to reduce wildfire risk through landscape plan
(Photo of the St Marys River wildfire from September 2017)
– From the BC Government