All of Vancouver Island is now under a Level 5 drought advisory, the most severe drought level in the province. BC ranks drought levels from 0 to 5, with Drought Level 5 rated as the most severe.
Managed Forest land is a BC Assessment property classification established in 1988 to encourage private landowners in BC to manage their lands for long-term forest harvest and forest health. This includes, of course, forest management for the effects of climate change. Adaptation to climate change is essential for managing forests sustainably to keep forest industries competitive and forest-dependent communities healthy.
Private forest land managers – like many in BC right now – are trained on the drought conditions that have spurred a very aggressive wildfire season in some parts of the province. One of the predictors of widlfire behaviour is the condition of the fuels. But what are fuels?
With the peak of wildfire season still ahead of us, BC has already seen double the average number of wildfires and three times the area burned this summer. Hundreds of people have been evacuated and hundreds more are on evacuation alert. And this week, the province is preparing for another heat wave that is likely to worsen the already very hot, dry, conditions.
Forests and trees are important carbon sinks. In joining the Association, PFLA members commit to sustainably managing their private forest lands, and this commitment is an important part of climate change mitigation.
As forest landowners are preparing their wildfire response strategies for the coming season, many are wondering just what kind of wildfire season we’re in for? Environment and Climate Change Canada’s online forecasting models are publicly available and useful tools for wildfire forecasting.
After the wildfires in the Okanagan in 2003, BC engaged with local governments and private forest landowners on improved wildfire management. The result was the Wildfire Response Agreement program, launched in 2008 by the BC Wildfire Service.
The PFLA shared information with its members about the Federal Government’s ‘Growing Canada’s Forests’ program in its March newsletter, but we think this is worth sharing more widely. The PFLA has been in discussion with Federal Government contacts about this program and how it can be applied on privately owned forest lands. Here are some of the ins and outs about this federal funding opportunity for tree planting on public and private forest lands across Canada.