Cariboo, Bulkley-Nechako & Fraser-Fort George – Fuel Management Pilot Business Case for High-Risk Interface Areas [cbbf01]
|Region||Bulkley-Nechako & Fraser-Fort George, Cariboo|
|Status||in progress: Dec 2019 to May 2020|
|Project Lead||Nechako Valley Regional Cattlemen's Association|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture|
|Other Partners||Local and regional agricultural organizations, regional districts, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC Wildfire Service, BC FLNRORD, forest licensees|
This project will identify the most economical and adaptive approaches to fuel management for the interface between private agricultural land and forested Crown land, laying the groundwork for future pilot projects.
Longer, hotter and drier summers are contributing to larger and more intensive wildfires. This increasing risk is of particular concern for agricultural operations that are bordered or surrounded by forested Crown land (a fuel source for wildfires).
The fuel management options considered in this project will be examined for their feasibility and potential to mitigate current risk and will also be evaluated for their longer term sustainability and climate resiliency.
Earlier CAI work identified fuel management options that could be implemented through partnerships between producers, government agencies, First Nations and/or licensees (see the report Cariboo – Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation Opportunities & Barriers as well as the Cariboo Adaptation Strategies Update).
This project will:
- summarize the extent of agricultural and forested Crown land interface risk across the Cariboo, Bulkley-Nechako & Fraser-Fort George regions, utilizing existing information
- evaluate the challenges and opportunities associated with a broad range of potential fuel management options
- identify a subset of three fuel management options and evaluate these options to assess their costs, benefits, economics, scalability and efficiency
- lay the groundwork for subsequent implementation of fuel management pilots