By Katie Watt
Earlier this week the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia (FESBC) announced the launch of a new virtual project map which provides the public with information on the locations and types of projects the society is funding — including some right here in the Columbia Valley.
Currently in the Columbia Valley, $534, 360 has been given by FESBC to support three different projects, which all share the same purpose of reducing the risk of wildfire, and are taking place in Rushmere; Dry Gulch; and near the Akisqnuk First Nations reserve. The Dry Gulch forest management project is the largest of the three and has received $498, 360. Work in Dry Gulch began earlier this week, and is being carried out by local company, Wildlands Eco-Forestry Inc.
“This project will encompass 120 hectares of land,” said Wildlands owner Brad Munroe. As well as addressing wildfire protection, Mr. Munroe says the project will also focus on ecosystem restoration and wildlife management. He estimates that the project will take roughly a year to complete.
“We get asked by the media, local leaders, and community members where funding goes and the purpose of these funded projects,” said FESBC executive director Steve Kozuki in a press release, explaining the provenance of the new digital map. Online visitor to the map can, by clicking on the location points on the map, views can learn about each project’s purpose.
FESBC is a Crown agency, and was established in 2016 to fund projects that help advance the environmental and resource stewardship of the province’s forests. To view the map for yourself, head to FESBC’s website at: https://fesbc.ca.