Thompson Okanagan Projects

Project Title Project Proponent Society Purpose Full Proposal Description Closest Community
Thompson Okanagan Region
Fertilization TFL 59 Weyerhaeuser Company Limited Forest Carbon The goal of this project was to advance the environmental and resource stewardship of BC forests through the fertilization of managed stands of Lodgepole pine, spruce and Douglas-fir on Crown land. Benefits of fertilizing included accelerated growth and yield of timber volume and improved management of greenhouse gases by creating increased capacity for carbon storage in the growing forest. Habitat was enhanced for overwintering ungulates such deer, elk and moose. Fertilization increased the size and development of tree crowns which increased the habitat available for other species and decreased the snow depth on the forest floor. Oliver
Assessment of Carbon Levels in Forest Soils FLNRORD - Operations Forest Carbon This research project focused on collection and analysis of data to establish a baseline of existing forest soil carbon levels. Data was be used to evaluate treatment options aimed at mitigating the loss of soil carbon and increasing carbon stored within forest soils. The information will contribute towards management decisions and initiatives, especially those aimed at mitigating climate change through land management strategies. Kamloops
Biomass Utilization Ledcor Forest Products Partnership Forest Carbon This project aims to reduce pile burning while also increasing the utilization of the residual fibre in the forest by increasing the availability/accessibility of this uneconomic fibre. The project is focused on accessing and utilizing roadside debris piles currently scheduled for burning and then processing the fibre for market as either biomass or hog fuel. These activities also reduce wildfire risk by decreasing fuel loading in the bush and in and around communities. Various
Recovery and Utilization of Residual Fibre Westwood Fibre Resources Ltd. Forest Carbon Through this project, about 325,000 cubic metres of normally unmerchantable wood fibre will be saved from burning in slash piles over the next four years. Much of the forest fibre being recovered includes the tops generated by Weyerhaeuser’s primary harvesting in the Merritt and Okanagan timber supply areas. When a tree is cut up into logs, the tree top is typically discarded as waste and then burned to comply with legal requirements. The goal of this initiative is to recover the tops and convert them into chips for pulp or for use as other secondary products such as fence posts, which will then be marketed in the BC southern interior and coast. Hauling is the largest variable cost, meaning that recovering low-grade fibre, like small diameter treetops, from remote locations is commonly uneconomical. FESBC is augmenting the extra hauling costs over and above the break-even points to facilitate the utilization of fibre that would otherwise be burned. Various
Hemlock Fibre Recovery/Incremental Haul - North Thompson and North Adams Lake Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. Forest Carbon These projects allow for fibre recovery and enhanced utilization of primarily hemlock low-grade pulp logs. The location of the fibre is beyond the economic haul radius, therefore the recovery of the fibre is normally not affordable. FESBC funding supports the transportation of fibre from outside of the normal haul radius which facilitates fibre utilization and avoids open burning of the logging slash piles. This also results in an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions through avoiding burning which creates an immediate release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Kamloops
Fibre Recovery/Incremental Haul - North Thompson and North Adams Lake Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. Forest Carbon These projects allow for fibre recovery and enhanced utilization of primarily hemlock low-grade pulp logs. The location of the fibre is beyond the economic haul radius, therefore the recovery of the fibre is normally not affordable. FESBC funding supports the transportation of fibre from outside of the normal haul radius which facilitates fibre utilization and avoids open burning of the logging slash piles. This also results in an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions through avoiding burning which creates an immediate release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Kamloops
Pulp Purchases Outside of Economical Cycle Ledcor Forest Products Partnership Forest Carbon The goal of this project is to recover pulp logs currently being left behind to burn as it is uneconomical to utilize them. Once at Ledcor's Chilliwack mill, the fibre can be utilized, leading to enhanced fibre recovery and reducing pile burning, which results in the overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Merritt, Princeton
Use of a Slash Bundler for Biomass Recovery Valley Carriers Ltd. Forest Carbon This project includes an operational trial of the use of a slash bundler to compress residual fibre left over from harvesting activity into a 16-foot long bundle of "logs". Bundling the logging residuals into log form enables the use of traditional three-bunk short log trucks, which are designed for bush hauling. The bundled fibre is then brought to a central location for grinding. This approach enables more efficient grinding while providing more work to qualified log truck drivers and reducing the risk and equipment damage when accessing the logging residual fibre. Bundling will increase the utilization of the remaining fibre after harvesting is complete and the ground fibre produced will be utilized by a local bioenergy plant. Merritt
Recovery and Utilization of Residual Fibre in the Lillooet Area Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. Forest Carbon This project aims to recover up to 100,000 cubic metres of residual fibre from the Lillooet Timber Supply Area that has traditionally been left on site and burned. Augmenting the transportation of uneconomic fibre increases overall fibre utilization at the Domtar Pulp mill in Kamloops, B.C. where the material will be used to make various products including fibre reinforced siding, moldings, paper, and green electricity. Recovery of this fibre results in an overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the avoidance of burning and creates additional economic opportunities. Lillooet
Forest Fertilization - Lower North Thompson Community Forest Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society Forest Carbon This project focused on the fertilization of stands within the Lower North Thompson Community Forest to maintain or improve their health, rate of growth, and overall resiliency. The increased tree growth will result in greater carbon sequestration (storage), more timber supply, jobs, and government stumpage revenue in the future. Barriere
Rehabilitation of Legacy Roads Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society Forest Carbon The goal of this project was to complete field work to assess the impact of existing forests roads on streams, creeks, and the water table in the Lower North Thompson Community Forest. In areas where a need for rehabilitation was identified, the funding supported the development of prescriptions to restore the hydrological function. Barriere
16 Year Re-measurement of Spacing and Fertilization Treatments Weyerhaeuser Company Limited Forest Carbon This project involved the reassessment of spacing and fertilization trials established in the Cascades Natural Resource District in 2001. The measurement of the tree growth and subsequent analysis of the data provides information on the growth response of the spaced and fertilized stands. This analysis provides valuable insight into the development of best practices for different spacing densities and fertilization regimes. Ultimately, the project provides the foundation to grow trees faster, which sequesters carbon faster and increases future timber supply. Princeton
TFL59 Fertilization Weyerhaeuser Company Limited Forest Carbon This project will be to set up future fertilization work. The goal of this project is to take foliage samples to enable areas to be selected for forest fertilization. The project also includes prescriptions and contract tendering for fertilizer application. Oliver
Logan Lake Community Forest - Fibre Utilization Logan Lake Community Forest Corporation Forest Carbon Through this project the Logan Lake Community Forest aims to implement a more comprehensive fibre utilization program by recovering residual fibre left over from harvest operations. Relocating residual fibre to centralized areas enables cost-effective grinding and recovery of the waste fibre for use as hog fuel, which avoids pile burning. This will result in an overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and the reduction of wildfire fuel loading in the Logan Lake Community Forest. Logan Lake
Domtar Bush Grinding Project Domtar Forest Carbon This project enables low-grade biomass fibre (low value logs, branches and bark) that would otherwise be burned in the forest to be utilized through grinding the fibre and transporting it to the Domtar pulp mill in Kamloops. The biomass is then combusted at a high temperature to create green electricity. Most of the electricity will be used by Domtar and any surplus is sold to BC Hydro. This project results in reduced greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding the burning of slash piles and through the production of green electricity from woody biomass which potentially displaces electricity that otherwise might have been made from fossil fuels. Kamloops
Lavington Okanagan Fibre Utilization Project Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Forest Carbon This project entails transporting uneconomic residual waste wood to a pellet plant and a power plant to avoid pile burning emissions and improve fibre utilization. Most of the residual uneconomic fibre is the result of regular commercial forest harvesting in the Okanagan area. A new approach to producing "bio-logs" is increasing the amount of fibre that is recoverable during the timber harvesting operation. Recovering these "bio-logs" concurrently with a primary timber harvesting operation creates efficiencies and lowers the delivered cost of the fibre to facilities such as Pinnacle Pellet Lavington. In the Okanagan area, many of the timber harvesting sites are on steep and narrow forestry roads, which makes bush grinding very challenging and often impossible. This new method of creating a bio-log sort enables the fibre to be transported on regular logging trucks and unloaded using conventional equipment in mill log yards. Vernon
Fibre Recovery/Incremental Haul - Adams Lake Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. Fibre Recovery This project facilitated the recovery and utilization of residual fibre. This fibre was otherwise uneconomic to transport from logged areas and would have been left on site and burned. This funding facilitated the transportation of the fibre to the Domtar Pulp Mill in Kamloops and contributed to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as on-site burning releases carbon and methane into the atmosphere. The residual fibre was obtained through business to business agreements with other forest companies and in most cases was concurrently delivered to River City. River City is a facility operated by Arrow which is adjacent to Domtar's pulp mill in Kamloops. Wood was chipped for use in the Domtar mill. Kamloops
Roadside Debris Grinding Ledcor Forest Products Partnership Fibre Recovery This project facilitated the recovery and utilization of residual fibre by piloting various sorting, grinding and hauling opportunities. The pilot will be evaluated by Forest Product Innovations Ltd. and will guide future incremental hauling opportunities. The fibre is otherwise uneconomic to transport from logged areas and would have been left on site and burned. This funding facilitated the transportation to various secondary manufacturing facilities both in the Kamloops area as well as on the BC Coast. The program expanded significantly after the completion of this successful pilot. Kamloops
Converting Forest Biomass Tk'emlupsemc Forestry Development Corp. Fibre Recovery The purpose of this project is to take logging slash that is typically burnt on site and to bring it to a center to convert the woody biomass into a growth medium for the purpose of reclaiming disturbed sites with a nutrient rich, sterile product that expedites plant growth and soil stabilization. The woody biomass will need to be ground or chipped to facilitate expedited decomposition through a process that creates a highly organic mulch that is very similar to peat moss in texture. This growth medium will stabilize soils and assist the germination of trees, shrubs or grasses, while enhancing the productivity of a site. Kamloops
Biomass Logs/Bush Grinding Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. Fibre Recovery Transporting uneconomic fibre to a variety of secondary fibre users in the Southern Interior to avoid pile burning emissions and improve fibre utilization. Most of the fibre will be ground or utilized as biologs. The project will enable fibre that would typically be burnt in slash piles to be moved in the form of biologs to a central location for grinding and/or bush grinding. The end product fibre would be moved to the Domtar pulp mill for energy and pulp production. A percentage of biologs will be chipped at the River City chipper for use at the Domtar Pulp Mill for pulp production. The avoidance of pile burning results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to the achievement of B.C.'s and Canada's climate change targets. Kamloops
BCTS Tops Proposal Westwood Fibre Resources Ltd. Fibre Recovery Utilization of residual waste fibre by the BC EcoChips facility for distribution to other secondary fibre users in the Southern Interior. This project helps to avoid pile burning emissions and improves fibre utilization from eligible Timber Sale Licenses outside the current economic reach. The avoidance of pile burning results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to the achievement of B.C.'s and Canada's climate change targets. Princeton
Slash Grinding Valley Carriers Ltd. Fibre Recovery This project is to grind forest waste residuals left post harvest. The grinding enables utilization of the residual fibre instead of burning it. The fibre will be delivered to Merritt Green Energy and/or Domtar. The avoidance of pile burning results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to the achievement of B.C.'s and Canada's climate change targets. The biomass is used to make green electricity, which can displace electricity that may have been generated by fossil fuels in other jurisdictions. Merritt
Garnet Valley Enhancement Penticton Indian Band Habitat Enhancement This project was phase one of a two part project to re-establish ecological diversity, resiliency, and ungulate habitat using prescribed fire equivalent to the natural fire regime. This project was collaborative and used local indigenous knowledge and science. Additionally, hand treatments and spot burning were used to reduce overall wildfire risk. Slashing and a black line perimeter burn is to be completed. Piles of slash were burnt with other funding sources for the prescribed burn. Outcomes were a thinned stand which enhanced mule deer habitat. Summerland
Garnet Valley Ungulate Winter Range Enhancement Penticton Indian Band Habitat Enhancement Phase two of a two part project that was to re-establish ecological diversity, resiliency, and ungulate habitat using prescribed fire equivalent to the natural fire regime. This project was collaborative and used local indigenous knowledge and science. Additionally, hand treatments and spot burning were used to reduce overall wildfire risk. This Pilot project led to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry and Penticton Indian Band. By jointly planning with BC wildlife biologists, the project incorporated First Nation cultural values in a stand level ecosystem restoration prescription and treatment. Slashing and a black line perimeter burn were completed. The outcome was a thinned stand for mule deer habitat. Summerland
Hat Creek Piling and Burning Bonaparte Indian Band Habitat Enhancement The goal of this project is to remove trees, and pile and burn debris to enhance critical deer winter range, increase forage for wildlife and grazing for livestock, and improve the opportunity for mid-term timber harvesting in the Hat Creek area. Cache Creek
Trepanier Wildfire Rehabilitation Ntityix Resources LP Stand Rehabilitation In 2011 a wildfire burned a large portion Trepanier Creek, west of Peachland. The area is home to a popular hiking trail known as the Trepanier Greenway, much of which falls within Westbank First Nation’s Community Forest. The goal of this project was to rehabilitate the burned area, making it safe for tree planters and recreationists by removing danger snags, and to then restock the area denuded by the wildfire with a mixture of Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine. Trees were replanted at a lower interface density to eventually restore a forest on the burned area as natural regeneration on the burned area has been sparse. Planting the area will also facilitate earlier carbon sequestering than if left for natural regeneration. Tree planting will also result in improved winter range for mule deer. Westbank
Skeetchestn Forest and Riparian Restoration Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd. Stand Rehabilitation The Deadman River watershed has been impacted by a combination of extensive forest fires (including the Elephant Hill fire in 2017), past timber harvest and cattle grazing practices, and mountain pine beetle (MPB). These combined impacts have reduced timber production and degraded high priority steelhead and Thompson Coho habitat, as well as exacerbating drought and fire risks. The Skeetchestn Traditional Territory Forest and Riparian Restoration Project supports the planning and implementation of landscape-scale restoration covering in the Deadman River watershed. Project goals include restoring riparian forest structure and habitat and increasing ecosystem carbon density. The project is designed to serve as a model for integrated riparian planning and restoration in other critical drainages. Kamloops
West Kelowna Wildfires Rehabilitation Project - 20 Ntityix Resources LP Stand Rehabilitation Between 2009-2014, three wildfires occurred near West Kelowna and within Westbank first Nation’s Community Forest. This multi-phase project aimed to assess the three fire-damaged areas with to goal of developing treatment plans to promote rehabilitation. Activities included hazard tree removal in recreation areas, improving visual quality and forest production by planting trees, and restoring mule deer winter range. Westbank
Cedar Hills Fire Rehabilitation & Deer Winter Range Improvement Tolko Industries Ltd. Stand Rehabilitation Cedar Hills is a large area 8 kilometers east of the community of Falkland on Highway 97C and was burned by a wildfire 14 years ago and was the focus of a local Natural Resource District staff and Tolko Industries Ltd. project funded by the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) for both forest rehabilitation and to improve the area for Mule deer winter range. Difficult growing conditions, including drought, existed for some of the remaining area and previous attempts to reforest for timber productivity had been largely unsuccessful. Extensive planning included consultation with wildlife specialists and First Nations followed by the development of detailed prescriptions for reforestation and habitat improvement objectives. Winter wildlife surveys were completed and concluded the area held significant importance as winter range for Mule deer. Tolko foresters developed silviculture prescriptions, obtained seed for sowing, grew seedlings in nurseries, and planted 1400 stems per ha in clumpy densities the spring of 2019. It is anticipated that seedling survival will be low but the suviving trees will more rapidly rehabilitate the burn and provide more and more shade with each growing season. Falkland
TFL 49 MPB Pine Stand Rehabilitation Phase 1 Tolko Industries Ltd Stand Rehabilitation This project was a partnership with BC Timber Sales and Forests for Tomorrow to remove damaged, mountain pine beetle-killed pine stands and to reforest them so that they can return to productivity and also to lower the wildfire risk in the Tree Farm License. Tolko, with FES funding, undertook the planning and development work including prescriptions and engineering submissions into BCTS systems. BCTS will implement a timber sale and Forests for Tomorrow will undertake the reforestation. Falkland, Vernon
Cascades District Mountain Pine Beetle Rehabilitation Forsite Consultants Ltd. Stand Rehabilitation This project focused on development of an overview plan to identify priority wildfire risk reduction areas in the Cascades Forest District.Specific treatment prescriptions were developed to facilitate treatment on a few small priority areas with the goal of restoring forest productivity of mountain pine beetle killed stands. The results were accelerated recovery healthy ecosystem functions and improved timber supply for future generations of British Columbians. Merritt
Thompson Rivers Resource District Mountain Pine Beetle Rehabilitation Forsite Consultants Ltd. Stand Rehabilitation The goal of this project is to identify treatment opportunities for uneconomic stands heavily impacted by mountain pine beetle in the Thompson Rivers District over the last decade to restore overall forest productivity. Kamloops
Overstory Removal - Mountain Pine Beetle Impacted Stands Rehabilitation Logan Lake Community Forest Corporation Stand Rehabilitation This planning project brought together First Nations, registered professional foresters, and other key stakeholders from the Logan Lake area to develop an implementation plan focusing on areas of highest fire risk to ensure future work is strategic and priority-based. The plan involved many steps including a risk assessment to develop management strategies in response to risks identified. The final report highlighted the areas of most significant risk to wildfire and work has begun to mitigate the risk to the community forest. The planning work resulted in the identification of a range of wildfire risks and values across the landscape. The findings revealed key areas of higher wildfire risk, including corridors of human presence and development surrounding Logan Lake and along the Coquihalla Corridor. High value areas were identified based on concentrations of homes, businesses, schools, civic water, power, emergency evacuation routes, communications and such, as well as wildlife habitat, timber, recreation and important environmental attributes. Logan Lake
Syilx Stewardship in Fire Maintained Landscapes Okanagan Nation Alliance Wildfire Risk Reduction This is a collaborative project where local First Nations, industry, the Provincial government, and the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) worked together to develop solutions to benefit and protect citizens, wildlife habitat, ecosystem functioning, and cultural values of the land. Historically, the Syilx Territory and the Thompson-Okanagan Region have been maintained by fire events, but active fire suppression tactics led to vegetation ingrowth and extreme fuel loading throughout Syilx Territory, which is about 69,000 square kilometres. Combined with climate change, fire suppression has led to longer, more intense, and more destructive wildfire seasons and a less resilient forest ecosystem. Thinning the forest to more natural semi-open state was the prescription agreed upon by all partners. One logging contractor did the timber harvesting and fuel reduction treatments creating a very efficient project. Most of the post-harvest biomass was utilized (instead of being slash burned), which helps BC and Canada meet climate change targets. Peachland
Southeast Kelowna Landscape Level Fuel Break FLNRORD, Okanagan Shuswap District Wildfire Risk Reduction The goal of this project is to thin out dense stands of pine and Douglas-fir trees and remove accumulations of dead wood that currently pose a significant fire hazard in a 1,000 hectare area near Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park near Kelowna. Treatment activities are applied in 15-hectare and 50-hectare blocks and includes thinning trees, trimming the lower branches to remove ladder fuels, and then removing that wood and other forest fuels from the ground. In the event of a future wildfire in the area, less flammable material would be available to burn and the risk of a catastrophic fire would be reduced. This work will also improve firefighter access to the area and make it easier and safer for them to fight a fire. Kelowna
Big White Interface Fuel Break Treatments Davies Wildfire Management Inc Wildfire Risk Reduction Close to 100 hectares at Big White Ski Resort were treated to minimize potential home, resort infrastructure and business loss due to wildfire, and ensure the resort’s continued contribution to the economy. The treatments will also help to protect part of the mountain’s only escape route. The areas will be harvested to create a visually pleasing, more open forested area that is unable to support intense fire behaviour. The treated area will also increase access and safety for any future fire suppression activities using recommendations from the 2010 Big White Resort Wildfire Protection Plan. Big White Ski Resort
Joe Rich Wildfire Threat Reduction Tolko Industries Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction This project involved planning, strategic harvesting and tree thinning to address wildfire threat and supression access inside the Joe Rich community wildland-urban interface. The project has the support of the broader community and also took into account mule deer winter range. Very complex planning was required to address government objectives. Modelling for wildfire threat and the use of state of the art LIDAR technology for prescribing the tree retention levels were also used to createthe wildfire protection plan. Small scale forest thinning using chainsaws in areas adjacent to private property, combined with a fire access trail and modified timber harvesting areas were used for this successful project. Kelowna
Agur Lake Fuel Management Prescriptions Agur Lake Camp Society Wildfire Risk Reduction This was the first phase of a project to reduce wildfire risk by decreasing overall fuel loading near the Agur Lake Camp Society, a camp dedicated to creating a barrier free wilderness experience. Key activities in high-risk areas included reducing surface and ladder fuels, decreasing crown density, thinning from the ground up to help ensure flames don't reach tree crowns, and retaining large-diameter trees of fire-resilient species. THE CHALLENGE: Agur Lake Camp, B.C.'s only fully accessible campground for people with disabilities, was in an area of high to extreme fire threat. THE OUTCOME: 85% of hazardous fuels were removed from over six hectares to protect campers and critical infrastructure. Summerland
Agur Lake Wildfire Risk Reduction Treatments Agur Lake Camp Society Wildfire Risk Reduction The overall goal of this project was to reduce wildfire risk by decreasing overall fuel loading near the Agur Lake Camp Society, a camp dedicated to creating a barrier free wilderness experience. Key activities in high-risk areas included reducing surface and ladder fuels, decreasing crown density, thinning from the ground up to help ensure flames don't reach tree crowns, and retaining large-diameter trees of fire-resilient species. THE CHALLENGE: Agur Lake Camp, B.C.'s only fully accessible campground for people with disabilities, was in an area of high to extreme fire threat. THE OUTCOME: 85% of hazardous fuels were removed from over six hectares to protect campers and critical infrastructure. Summerland
Sicamous Wildfire Risk Mitigation Silvatech Consulting Ltd Wildfire Risk Reduction This project will protect important infrastructure owned by the District of Sicamous (DOS) like its water reservoir and vital transportation corridors. The DOS will also realize another benefit from removing forest fuels in the treatment area because the project will create greater and safer access for citizens. Landmark, a local forestry consulting firm, is leading the technical work and has collaborated with BCTS to ensure planning of the fire fuel breaks are consistent with BCTS timber harvesting plans. The first area identified for priority treatment will be the community’s eastern boundary, an area with dense second growth Douglas-fir, larch, cedar, and hemlock stands that extend from mountain tops to valley bottoms. These forests are considered to be high-risk wildfire threats. The project will also enhance the utilization of forest fibre by chipping the debris and utilizing that biomass for heat and possibly power. The DOS is in the process of planning and designing a bioenergy system to utilize biomass produced by the work of the project. Sicamous
Xaxli'p Community Forest - Wildfire Risk Reduction Treatment Xaxli'p Community Forest Corp. Wildfire Risk Reduction The project is located in the Xaxli’p Community Forest in the Fountain Creek watershed near Fountain Lake BC, about 15 km north of Lillooet, BC. The project will result in a landscape-level shaded fuel break that connects existing fuel breaks. This shaded fuel break will improve the ability to control spread and compartmentalize fires in the area and improve timber values through thinning and pruning. Fibre removed through this activity will be recovered where possible in order to maximize fibre utilization. Lillooet
Silver Lake Camp - Wildfire Risk Reduction Treatment Ntityix Resources LP Wildfire Risk Reduction Silver Lake Camp is located within Westbank First Nation’s Community Forest, about 20 kilometres west of Peachland BC. The camp offers forestry-based educational opportunities for youth and community groups, hosting hundreds of youth every spring and summer for a semi-wilderness camping experience. The camp is surrounded by densely forested stands on three sides, including many areas with a high number of downed and/or dead trees. The goal of this project is to reduce wildfire risk to the camp and surrounding areas by reducing the number of downed and dead trees in the forested area adjacent to the camp. Peachland
FireSmart Treatments - Logan Lake Trails Area Logan Lake Community Forest Corporation Wildfire Risk Reduction This project is located northeast of the town of Logan Lake in the area of the Logan Lake Trails network. These trails represent both an important recreation and economic resource to the community as both locals and tourists utilize these trails year-round. In the event of a wildfire, the trails would be heavily impacted, which would diminish the economic and recreation benefits to the community of Logan Lake. The proposed area contains high fuel levels and is directly adjacent to residential developments. The purpose of this multi-year project is to reduce wildfire risk in the wildland urban interface through the development of fuel management prescriptions within preliminary planning areas and the implementation of fuel reduction treatments to prescribed standards. Logan Lake
FireSmart Treatments - Face Lake and Paska Lake Communities Logan Lake Community Forest Corporation Wildfire Risk Reduction The community of Face-Paska Lakes and the surrounding areas are located 15 km northeast of Logan Lake and has unique wildfire related risks. This isolated community has permanent year-round residents and seasonal tourists who come at the peak of fire season. Limited evacuation routes and proximity to forest fuels increase overall potential risk during a wildfire event. The area has been identified in the Logan Lake Wildfire Risk Management Plan (WRMP) as an area requiring attention and action. The proposed treatments will reduce wildfire hazard through fuel reduction treatments in areas with high fuel levels directly adjacent to residential developments. Logan Lake
Fox Farm and Lindley Creek Fuel Management Lower Nicola Indian Band Wildfire Risk Reduction This project aims to reduce wildfire risk and fuel loading in areas adjacent to Fox Farm and Lindley Creek subdivisions near Merritt, BC, and to reduce the overall negative impacts of wildfire. Activities include danger tree falling to make the area safer and facilitate access to the area by wildfire suppression crews, spacing and removal of ladder and ground fuels to reduce the risk of crown fires, and reduction of forest floor fuels to reduce fire intensity and rate of spread. Merritt
Wildfire Risk Reduction West of Blackpines/McLure Whispering Pines/ Clinton Indian Band Wildfire Risk Reduction Through this project, the Whispering Pines Indian Band/Pellt’iq’t People aim to reduce wildfire risk to areas in the wildland-urban interface areas along the west side of the North Thompson River in the vicinity of Black Pines and Whispering Pines. The corridor along the North Thompson River between Kamloops and Barriere has seen extensive fire activity in the last 15 years in similar stand types to those seen in the project area. Project activity will focus on tree thinning and the reduction of woody surface fuels adjacent to reserve lands and private property and enhancing strategic fuel breaks. Kamloops
Regional District of North Okanagan - Watershed Wildfire Management Planning and Operations Davies Wildfire Management Inc Wildfire Risk Reduction Four water purveyors in the Okanagan are proactively working together with Frontline Operations Group Ltd. (FLO) to protect this vital community resource in the immediate future and in the long term. Work will occur around residential developments as well as critical infrastructure associated with water intakes, treatment facilities, and communication towers essential to safe operations of the watersheds. The outcome for each project will be to produce management plans that are operationally feasible, ecologically appropriate, and account for all values and constraints within the watershed while ultimately protecting water quality and quantity as a resource. Lumby
Lake Country Watershed Wildfire Management Planning Davies Wildfire Management Inc Wildfire Risk Reduction Four water purveyors in the Okanagan are proactively working together with Frontline Operations Group Ltd. (FLO) to protect this vital community resource in the immediate future and in the long term. Work will occur around residential developments as well as critical infrastructure associated with water intakes, treatment facilities, and communication towers essential to safe operations of the watersheds. The outcome for each project will be to produce management plans that are operationally feasible, ecologically appropriate, and account for all values and constraints within the watershed while ultimately protecting water quality and quantity as a resource. Lake Country
Black Mountain Improvement District Watershed Wildfire Risk Reduction Davies Wildfire Management Inc Wildfire Risk Reduction Four water purveyors in the Okanagan are proactively working together with Frontline Operations Group Ltd. (FLO) to protect this vital community resource in the immediate future and in the long term. Work will occur around residential developments as well as critical infrastructure associated with water intakes, treatment facilities, and communication towers essential to safe operations of the watersheds. The outcome for each project will be to produce management plans that are operationally feasible, ecologically appropriate, and account for all values and constraints within the watershed while ultimately protecting water quality and quantity as a resource. Kelowna
Glenmore Ellison Improvement District Watershed Davies Wildfire Management Inc Wildfire Risk Reduction Four water purveyors in the Okanagan are proactively working together with Frontline Operations Group Ltd. (FLO) to protect this vital community resource in the immediate future and in the long term. Work will occur around residential developments as well as critical infrastructure associated with water intakes, treatment facilities, and communication towers essential to safe operations of the watersheds. The outcome for each project will be to produce management plans that are operationally feasible, ecologically appropriate, and account for all values and constraints within the watershed while ultimately protecting water quality and quantity as a resource. Kelowna
Comstock Long-term Fire Break TNR Consulting Wildfire Risk Reduction Fuel management prescription development and fuel reduction treatments south of Merrit. A portion of the residual waste fibre resulting from the treatments was utilized by a local bio-energy plant. The avoidance of pile burning reduces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to the achievement of B.C.'s and Canada's climate change targets. Merritt
Baldy Mt Resort Phase 1 - McKinney Baldy Mountain Resort Wildfire Risk Reduction This project involves creating fire break prescriptions in the McKinney Community Watershed to reduce wildfire risk. The Baldy Ski Resort and community worked with wildfire specialists to develop a wildfire fuel management project. The resort cabin owners were supportive of the treatments. A contractor completed the treatments at the designated locations which provides a landscape level barrier in an otherwise large forested drainage. Oliver
Logan Lake Wildfire Risk Management Plan (WRMP) Logan Lake Community Forest Corporation Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a wildfire risk management plan for the community of Logan Lake that develops prevention strategies and identifies priority areas for wildfire risk reduction treatments. This plan will provide guidance to the community forest that meets multiple forest management objectives and optimizes the wildfire risk reduction opportunities with future harvesting plans. Logan Lake
Silver Star Mountain Resort Silver Star Mountain Resort Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction This project involved work to complete the Silver Star wildfire fuel break and a review to determine how to proceed with a prescribed burn to reduce surface fuels and improve deer and bear browse. The result was better protection for the community and improved habitat for wildlife. Silver Star Mountain Resort
District of Peachland Fuel Break District of Peachland Wildfire Risk Reduction This project was for prescriptions for a wildfire fuel break consistent with The District of Peachland's Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The project aimed to connect adjacent landscape fuel breaks and included a post treatment prescribed burn for wildlife habitat and browse improvement. Peachland
RDOS Fuel Breaks Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Wildfire Risk Reduction This project was to create prescriptions to develop a landscape level fuel break in line with the City of Penticton's Community Wildfire Protection Plan and assessments for prescribed burning on steep slopes.These are landscape level fuel breaks that are based off the Penticton and Ellis Creek drainages. These draws were areas that were delineated within the recently completed City of Penticton (City) Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) as being good locations for landscape level fuel breaks. Similarly, this side of the valley was noted in the CWPP of the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) as in need of landscape level fuel breaks for community protection. No treatments are being undertaken as part of this funding as it is contemplated that BCTS harvesting at a later date would ensure timber revenue to the crown is maximized through field timber analysis and a professional prescription and harvest plan Penticton