Sponsors: City of Quesnel
WHEREAS very little has been done to actually protect rural communities from the threat of wildfires since the 2003 Filmon Firestorm Report;
AND WHEREAS the threat of year-over-year catastrophic wildfires is increasing, putting communities at greater risk;
AND WHEREAS the fundamental weakness in the current approach to protecting interface communities from wildfire risk is the downloading of the responsibility for managing and treating Crown forest land to local government:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the North Central Local Government Association requests the Provincial Government to enable the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to become the lead agency for developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans, fuel management prescriptions for the Wildland Urban Interface (“WUI”), and fuel management treatments in collaboration with local government AND that the Province provide sufficient funding to the Forest Enhancement Society to fully fund WUI fuel management treatments so they can be undertaken expeditiously.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership endorsed resolution 2017-B4 which requested that the Province develop a more efficient and effective model to address the interface wildfire risk reduction needs of BC communities under the supervision of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The Resolutions Committee also notes that the UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution in relation to funding for the Forest Enhancement Society of BC.
UBCM has administered the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) since 2004. In 2017, SWPI was enhanced to included the opportunity for joint funding with the Forest Enhancement Society. As of April 2018, SWPI is not accepting funding applications pending the outcome of the Provincial Flood and Wildfire Review.