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North Cowichan Receives Grant to Update Community Wildfire Protection Plan
July 2, 2019
North Cowichan's 2007 Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is out-of-date and in urgent need of a comprehensive update in order to meet Provincial standards for plan content and mapping requirements. Increased wildfire activity during the summer of 2018, in particular the Maple Mountain wildfire in the municipal forest reserve, further highlights the need for an updated plan that is coordinated and consistent with the Cowichan Valley Regional District's wildfire protection approach.
To support the CWPP update, North Cowichan applied for funding through the Provincial Community Resiliency Investment Program and received a $34,500 grant to complete the project.
“North Cowichan is one of the few communities in North America that owns private forest lands that are managed for the benefit of residents,” says Mayor Al Siebring. “25% of North Cowichan’s land base is Municipal Forest Reserve, which brings with it a significant responsibility for wildfire planning, prevention, and response. The update to our CWPP is an important part of wildfire preparedness for our community.”
A request for proposals to complete the CWPP update is currently posted on BC Bid and North Cowichan’s website. Updating of the CWPP will occur over the summer and fall, with the final draft of the Plan to be completed by December 31, 2019.
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For more information, please contact:
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan