B.C. needs to develop a new relationship with rural communities, especially First Nations

Reducing wildfire risks starts with relationship building

By Jim Hilton, professional agrologist and forester
Williams Lake Tribune
February 23, 2018

The UBC paper coauthored by Daniels, Gray and Burton about the 2017 mega-fires has an extensive section on integrated wildland-urban, interface-zoning and proactive landscape planning which is a good starting point for any community wanting to reduce the impact of wildfires. The introduction starts with relationships. In order to reduce the threat of wildfires, B.C. needs to develop a new relationship with rural communities, especially First Nations. It stresses that the primary land management objective in the vicinity of rural communities should be long-term maintenance of low fire hazard condition. It then lists a number of existing policies that must be changed or abolished in the vicinity (in some cases as far out as 15 kilometres) of rural communities.

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