FireSmart vegetation management projects set to begin throughout the region
Four FireSmart vegetation management projects are set to begin throughout the region this fall. Projects will take place in the communities of Anzac, Conklin and Fort Chipewyan, as well as areas along the Birchwood Trail System.
All four projects will focus on reducing surface fuels in densely forested areas throughout the region. Crews will work to remove all dead, down and unhealthy trees, and prune and thin evergreen trees in project areas. These projects will treat a total of 200 hectares of municipal land with FireSmart prescriptions, which will help reduce the risk of wildfire.
The majority of debris for all projects will be disposed of through supervised burns, which is a standard procedure for FireSmart vegetation management projects. All supervised burns will take place when conditions are safe to do so, and every effort will be made to minimize smoke during this process. Signage will be posted in work site areas to alert residents to the potential of smoke.
Timber for firewood may be available for some of the projects, when operationally feasible. Information on firewood collection sites will be posted on the Municipality’s website and social media pages.
For the Birchwood Trails – Phase 2B project, all work will be completed with hand-crews to minimize ground disturbance in the area. Some trails may be temporarily closed during this project. Information on closures will be posted on the RMWB’s website and social media pages, as it becomes available.
For more information on these projects, please view the interactive FireSmart project map at www.rmwb.ca/FireSmartProjects, or call PULSE at 780-743-7000.