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||completed in 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 developed a methodology for identifying the agricultural-wildland interface – an area of high wildfire threat and high consequence to the agriculture sector — a zone that was previously undefined.
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. Clarifying the geography of this agricultural-wildland interface helps make visible the risk to agricultural operations and highlights the importance of mitigation actions.
Key project accomplishments included:
- defining and showing the extent of land base that is considered agricultural-wildland interface in the Cariboo and Bulkley-Nechako & Fraser-Fort George regions
- determining economic and adaptive approaches to fuel management for high-risk agricultural-wildland interface across the two regions
- developing criteria for selecting, planning and initiating collaborative fuel management pilot projects
- selecting sites and completing high-level planning and costing for three pilot projects that will demonstrate cost-effective approaches to fuel reduction