North Cowichan Awarded Funding for “Chipper Days” Program

(North Cowichan, BC) – North Cowichan has received a grant of $15,100 to offer its first-ever “Chipper Days,” program. This will allow North Cowichan residents to dispose of woody yard debris at no cost. More details about the program will be provided once staff have confirmed the various dates and locations that Chipper Days will be offered.

 This exciting grant has been awarded by the Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) and FireSmart Community Funding & Supports programs which are intended to reduce the risk and impact of wildfire to communities in BC through community funding, supports and priority fuel management. The CRI program was launched in 2018 and since its inception, more than 120 First Nations and local governments have received funding.

 The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) and the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) are working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRORD), represented by the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), to administer the FireSmart Community Funding & Supports portion of the program for local government and First Nation applicants.

 “I am thrilled North Cowichan has received this grant, and I want to commend our forestry department for taking the initiative to come up with this exciting program," said Mayor Al Siebring. "Our community has long been asking for better ways to dispose of yard waste, and I look forward to staff finalizing the schedule and locations for these Chipper Days.”

“I also want to thank the UBCM and all the funding partners who have made this wonderful opportunity possible,” Siebring concluded.

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For more information, please contact:
Shaun Mason, Municipal Forester
Municipality of North Cowichan 
T:  250.746.3124                                                         
E:  shaun.mason@northcowichan.ca