Forest Fuel Management
The Forest Fuel Management (FFM) Department works with First Nations communities, and provincial and federal governments, and agencies, to assist with wildfire prevention activities. Many BC First Nations are impacted by the threat and risk of loss to community structures and assets because of wildfires. FFM supports access to funding to communities though planning, education and implementation of wildfire threat reduction activities.
The primary goal for the Forest Fuel Management (FFM) Department is to ensure First Nations communities are introduced to the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) program and receive the necessary assistance to guide them through the process of completing CWPP’s. A CWPP assesses the risk of wildfire in the interface areas, where the community and the forests meet, and recommend mitigation activities to improve community safety. The CWPP program focuses on OFF-RESERVE crown forested lands adjacent to First Nations Reserve Lands. The Department also focuses efforts on direct involvement with research projects and relevant training opportunities.
No one agency will be able to resolve the fuel management issues facing the province. It will take a concerted effort and co-operation from all levels of governments, industry, and First Nations to reduce the threat of wildfire in our interface.
Frank Joe, RFT