The Forest Enhancement Society of BC is funding 19 new projects in the Province that includes one from the Cariboo.
Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation Ltd (CCR) Northeast of Anaham Lake, is receiving this money to create a wildfire fuel break.
Executive Director Percy Guichon said this was welcome news.
“The province and Forest Enhancement Society of BC continue to work with CCR and the $1.8 million will be used for a primary fuel break that will help protect the community of Anaham and Alexis Creek. We are close to completing a primary fuel break that was also funded through FESBC in and around Tsi Del Del First Nation and Puntzi communities.”
Guichon said they’ve been planning for this primary fuel break for quite some time which continues to employ people in remote communities to carry out this important work.
Over the past four years, Guichon added thanks to the Forest Enhancement Society’s support and funding, Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation has successfully recovered nearly one million cubic metres of residual fibre in their region.
“CCR does a lot of reforestation projects. We recover lots of residual fibre, like slash piles for example, and turn that into biomass and provide the local secondary manufacturing plants in Williams Lake like the pellet plant and Atlantic Power. We also ship pulp wood to Quesnel pulp mills so a lot of these projects helps us sustain all our communities and the secondary manufacturing plants that depend on the much needed fibre.”
Of the 61 total projects funded this year through the Forest Enhancement Society of BC , 9 are for wildfire risk-reduction, and 52 are for fibre-recovery and some serve both needs.