Fire-proofing West Kelowna forests
A plan to fire-proof forests in West Kelowna carries a $1.4 million price tag. …Collectively, the lands encompass nearly 200 ha. “The number one highest hazard is the east side of Mount Boucherie in an area known as Eain Lamont park,” reads a report… It costs an average of $7,500 to undertake fire mitigation work on one hectare of land. …For the first time, some public money is available to help private landowners undertake fire mitigation work on their own property. That’s said to be an important development given the risk that fires on private land can pose to the community. …Considerable work to thin out forests has already been done in and around West Kelowna. … “We’ve reduced the density of the stands from 1,100 trees per hectare to 350,” Dave Gill of Ntityix Resources, a forestry management company owned by the Westbank First Nation, told city council in August 2017.