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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.

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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.

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National Tree Day takes place on Wednesday September 21 of National Forest Week. National Tree Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many benefits that trees provide – clean air, cooler cities, wildlife habitat and connection with nature.

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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.

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Thanks to everyone who joined us at Crown Isle Resort in Comox June 2-3 to attend the 2022 PFLA Conference, Field Tour and AGM. Discussions were productive, we learned about the latest research and practice of private forest land management, and the weather cooperated!

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