The Migratory Birds Regulations (MBR) were amended on July 30, 2022. The objective of the Migratory Birds Regulations is the conservation of migratory birds, including their eggs and nests…
Drought conditions continue to affect BC forests, with dry forest fuel conditions and outflow wind patterns resulting in increased wildfire behaviour on all active fires. The unseasonably hot, dry conditions, lack of rainfall and outflow winds, mean that smoke from active fires in the Lower Mainland and from Washington State has impacted air quality and visibility.
The PFLA recently met with local and provincial government officials at its annual Reception during the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention. The reception was well attended by both familiar faces and new ones and offered an opportunity for the PFLA to remind elected officials of the benefits of having private managed forest owners as neighbouring landowners.
So far this year, things have been much quieter when it comes to wildfires. To date, BC has seen 540 total wildfires, about half of the provincial 10-year average. That said, conditions this past week have been hot and dry and campfire bans are beginning to take effect in parts of the province. At the time of writing, campfire bans are in place across all of southern B.C., with large open fires banned throughout the province.
As the weather is (finally!) becoming more seasonal with temperatures on the rise, private managed forest landowners are thinking about the risk of wildfire on their properties and what they can do to reduce the potential for damaging wildfire while improving overall forest health and wildlife habitat.