North Cowichan receives Community Resiliency FireSmart funding

(North Cowichan, BC) – North Cowichan can begin conducting fuel hazard reduction treatments on Mount Tzouhalem following receipt of a $143,000 grant from the Community Resiliency Investment FireSmart Community and Support Program.

The fuel hazard reduction treatments will take place on a portion of the identified area from the Mount Tzouhalem Fuel Management Plan, presented to Council in October 2021. The grant funding also includes hiring a communications consultant to assist with project and FireSmart public education.

“This funding is crucial to carry out the necessary fuel hazard reduction treatments in our forests,” said Mayor Al Siebring. “Through this important program, we can continue to do this necessary work and make for a safer, more resilient FireSmart community.”

The FireSmart Community Funding & Supports program provides funding to local governments and First Nations in British Columbia to undertake community-based FireSmart planning and activities that reduce the community’s risk from wildfire.

A Request for Proposals to complete the work will be issued this spring. The work is expected to take place over the summer and extend into the fall.

To learn more about North Cowichan’s ongoing work to mitigate wildfires within the community, visit www.northcowichan.ca/wildfire.

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Media Contact:
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.746.3117
E mayor@NorthCowichan.ca