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Wildfire Fuel Reduction Project

Our 2017/18 wildfire fuel mitigation project is well underway! We are removing the thick underbrush and spacing the overstory in order to help reduce the intensity and rate of spread should a wildfire start in the area. The project area is located in Canyon, north of the highway's gravel pit. The area is home to a network of beloved community recreation trails which CCF is ensuring remain intact during the project. This will result in an area that is enjoyable to recreate in, while also being resistant to wildfire.

 

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Current Logging Operations

We are currently logging up Birch Creek and will be there until summer 2018. Please be aware that logging trucks are actively hauling and exercise caution if you plan on using the Russell and Birch Creek road systems.

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National Forest Week 2017!

This year was the third year we hosted a field trip for the grade 5 students of the Creston Valley. The trip was held out at our Russell Creek forest education site, as it has been in the past. This year was the biggest field trip yet, with 150 kids in attendance!

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Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The Creston Community Forest recently completed an update to the Town of Creston Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This document provides guidance for the planning of wildfire risk mitigation activities such as on the ground fuel treatments to educating community members. The draft of this plan can be viewed below.  

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National Forest Week 2016!

Our second annual National Forest Week field trip for the grade 5 students in the Creston Valley was a great success! Fun was had by all including the awesome volunteers who came out and made it possible for us to put on the event. The students moved between 6 stations, learning about biodiversity, organisms in the stream, wildfire, compassing, all the exciting things the forests has to offer and how to identify different tree species. A big thank you to Overwaitea for donating food, to WynnWood and Huscroft woodlands staff, the Ministry of Forests, Melissa Flint, Casey Holden and the Community Forest Board members for all their help!

 

 

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High School Bursary

Congratulations to Brendan Christenson, the recipient of the Creston Community Forest Ralph Moore Memorial Bursary for $1000, as well as the Creston Community Forest Bursary for $1000. Good luck on your future endeavors!  

 

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Habitat Restoration Project!

CCF had the opportunity to participate in a habitat restoration project undertaken by Melissa Flint, coordinator of Wildsight's 'Know Your Watershed' program, which is designed to educate high school students on their local watersheds and the issues surrounding them. The project was done on Steve's Ride trail near Dead Horse Creek, an area that was once part of Crestbrook's mill. Having seen extensive disturbance, invasive plants has been able to thrive in the location. The purpose of the project was to plant native species hoping that they will eventually begin to overtake the invasive plants. Invasive plants are a problem for a variety of reasons, some of these being decreased biodiversity and alteration of the food web, both issues causing detrimental effects to the survival of the native wildlife. For more information on invasive species in the Creston Valley visit the following webpage: Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee

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Wildfire Protection

Wildfire season is fast approaching, are you prepared for it? We have started a FireSmart program with the Town of Creston, visiting homeowner's who live in areas close to the densely forested landscape to provide information on steps that can be taken to protect their homes from wildfire. We are not helpless in the face of disaster, but action must be taken before it is at our doorstep.

Lots of information regarding wildfire and homeowner protection is available. Much of it is provided on the FireSmart Canada website, click the following link to find out more:https://www.firesmartcanada.ca/

Questions or more info contact Kelsey Syfchuck
                                             P: 250-402-0070
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Also, check out these informative videos!
Wildfire! Preventing Home Ignitions
Your Home Can Survive a Wildfire

Below is a link to the updated FireSmart Homeowner's Manual:
FireSmart Homeowner's Manual

Some interesting facts as to why deciduous trees (having leaves) are great asset when it comes to protecting your home from wildfire and how they act as a fire-retardant.

  1. Act as a shield against the extreme radiant heat generated by the approaching fire – thus protecting windows from shattering (creates an opening for embers to enter the home) and materials from melting, such as vinyl siding.
  2. A large tree can help trap burning material so that it does not contact the home.
  3. The stored moisture in the leaves helps to suppress the fire’s energy so that the temperatures that reach the home are not as intense.

Remember that coniferous trees (having needles) tend to be a detriment to have near the home as the resins in them are highly flammable. If you do have a favorite needle tree in the yard, make sure you have taken the following steps to make it less likely to ignite.

  1. Prune branches to a height of 2 meters off the ground.
  2. Remove any branches that directly contact the home.
  3. Ensure that it is well spaced from surrounding coniferous trees (a minimum of 3 meters) ie) there is no direct contact from it to the forest where fire could easily reach it.
  4. Remove any buildup of dead, dry needles.

The exception to this rule are Western larch trees, which are a needle tree, but they do have a low flammability rating.

 

 

 

  

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