The District is about to undertake our first wildfire fuel management project as part of continuing efforts to strengthen community wildfire resiliency.
This wildfire fuel management work will begin December 5, 2022, on a six-hectare section of second-growth forest near the Baden Powell Trail. The work will last approximately two months, although the timeline is dependent on weather conditions. The trail will be closed at Millstream Road for the duration of the project.
Wildfire fuel management is about safety, and protecting the residents, structures, wildlife and forests in West Vancouver. Also sometimes referred to as forest thinning, it involves reducing the amount of wildfire fuel by leaving mature and deciduous trees, while removing underbrush and woody debris, pruning lower branches, and removing tight second-growth trees.
One of our key strategies to reduce wildfire risk in areas where the forest meets the community is through this kind of fuel management, as described in the District's 2019 Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).