Post fire clean up will improve wildlife and Community Forest conditions
A $1.25 million grant has been provided to the Cheslatta Carrier Nation for rehabilitating tree stands that were severely damaged during the 2018 wildfires and re-establishing productive forest ecosystems. Fire damaged trees are being removed so the wood can be used, instead of burning fibre that would be uneconomical to deliver to a processing facility. The grant will help Cheslatta Forest Products cover the costs of shipping the residual fibre to a pellet plant or bio-energy facility. The statement also said that the logging operations were planned with the needs of wildlife in mind, ensuring high value habitat areas and trees will be preserved. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operation and Rural Development Doug Donaldson said the funding will add jobs in the Cheslatta Carrier Nation.