Grants for the Williams Lake First Nation from the Forest Enhancement Society of BC are helping to create jobs, fight climate change, and reduce wildfire risk near its community. To date, FESBC’s grants have supported the removal of 64,000 cubic metres of debris from forest fires and over the next two years, the figure will rise to 200,000 m3. The ongoing project will also create around 26 jobs for both the WLFN and the Tŝideldel First Nation, which has partnered to grind the debris on-site and ship it to local markets. The high-quality slash fibre is used by Pinnacle Renewable Energy to make industrial wood pellets. Lower-quality slash fibre is turned into ‘hog’ fuel, to be used by Atlantic Power Corporation’s biomass-fired generating facility in Williams Lake, to provide thermal electricity for the community’s energy grid.