Keep our forests clean

The RDCK’s commitment to protecting communities from intense wildfire by reducing fuel loads in forested areas is taking shape across the region.

"Fuel management projects can also increase the availability and diversity of wildlife habitat through the restoration of open forest conditions," says Noreen Clayton, emergency program coordinator with the RDCK.

The RDCK is making significant process on the Edgewood fuel management project. Since November 2014, Debri Resources of Nelson have treated 10 of 22 hectares.

Ten-year old Edgewood resident Aslin Holberg says she now calls the area behind her school the ‘enchanted forest’ because her classmates can cross- country ski and take nature photographs there now.

Work is also continuing on a 10-hectare parcel of Crown land in Kingsgate. Cranbrook’s Strategic Reforestation’s eight-member crew has completed four hectares to date.

Projects in Arrow Creek and Balfour were completed in December. A total of 53 hectares will have been treated in Arrow Creek, Balfour, Edgewood, and Kingsgate by the end of April.

Funding for these projects has been provided thru the Strategic Wildfire Initiative Program administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. The Columbia Basin Trust and the Regional District of Central Kootenay have also provided funding.

For more information contact:
Noreen Clayton
Emergency Program Coordinator
(250) 352-8177

The content on this page was last updated April 1 2015 at 10:15 AM