New Program Targets Mitigation

Government partners with communities on wildfire risks

By Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Government of British Columbia
September 10, 2018

The new Community Resiliency Investment Program will provide up to $50 million over the next three years to local governments and First Nations to help reduce wildfire risks around their communities. …“The new Community Resiliency Investment Program was designed from the ground up to address long-standing concerns with the way we were dealing with wildfire risks throughout the province,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.  The Program takes a holistic approach to wildfire … and will consider fire prevention activities on provincial Crown land and private land, in addition to local government and reserve land. …A key component of the new program is that it allows communities to apply for funding to cover up to 100% of their wildfire risk reduction projects… The types of activities eligible for funding have also been expanded to include more activities covered by the FireSmart program’s seven disciplines.

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