The District of Clearwater has received funding from the provincial government to continue the current fuel management program being done within district boundaries.
Administered through the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the Community Resiliency Investment — Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction is the second stream of funding for this initiative. The DOC applied and was approved for $293,492 to complete prescriptions and fuel management on crown or municipal lands.
The CRI program was announced in 2018 and is intended to reduce wildfire risk and mitigate the impacts on communities in B.C.
The first stream of funding, FireSmart Community Funding & Supports, was administered by the Union of BC Municipalities and gave funding to local governments and First Nations to “increase community resiliency by undertaking community-based FireSmart planning” as well as activities to reduce wildfire risk.
These funds will help with the implementation of the newly-adopted Community Wildfire Protection Plan, approved in 2020, said Leslie Groulx, DOC chief administrative officer.
The plan document can be viewed on the DOC website.