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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
                                             E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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Current Logging

Update May 12, 2016: The Community Forest logging and hauling operations are now complete on Goat Mtn.. Celgar will be working on a salvage project for the next 3-4 weeks, so please continue to drive with caution as they will have logging trucks hauling.

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2015 Spacing Project

We have recently completed a spacing project on one of our old cutblocks on Goat Mountain, logged in 2004. Approximately 21 hectares was treated. The favorable growing site had allowed for many seedlings to take off causing an excess of regenerating trees, which was in turn causing them to compete with one another. Spacing the block removed the excess trees, providing more sunshine and nutrients for the leave-trees. The increased space will allow for accelerated tree growth, ensure long term forest health, and promote strong, well-structured trees.

 

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2015 Spacing Project

We have recently completed a spacing project on one of our old cutblocks on Goat Mountain, logged in 2004. Approximately 21 hectares was treated. The favorable growing site had allowed for many seedlings to take off causing an excess of regenerating trees, which was in turn causing them to compete with one another. Spacing the block removed the excess trees, providing more sunshine and nutrients for the leave-trees. The increased space will allow for accelerated tree growth, ensure long term forest health, and promote strong, well-structured trees.  

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National Forest Week Field Trip

On September 24th, the Grade 5 students of the Creston, BC attended a field trip for National Forest Week, providing them with an opportunity to learn about the forest ecosystems and industry. The event was hosted by the Creston Community Forest; approximately 85 students were in attendance. The students moved through five stations which included a biodiversity hike, wildfire protection, compassing, wood cookie painting and tree identification.

The biodiversity hike provided students with insight as to why biodiversity is so important to an ecosystem. The hike had a creek crossing, a wide variety of plants and big, old cedar shells to stand in! The wildfire protection station allowed students to get the hands-on experience of fighting wildfire. The students used tools and equipment to put out a fire. The compassing exercise showed students the importance of mapping in the forests industry, allowing them to locate where they were and how they would get to the final destination. The wood cookie painting gave students an opportunity to get creative and paint a scene showing why forests are important to them. There were many great paintings which included camping, waterways, animals, logging and more. The tree identification station allowed students to learn about the different tree species in our area and how to differentiate them from one another. The day was completed with a hotdog lunch!  

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Tree Planting!

On June 5, Environment Day, the ARES grade 4 students attended a field trip. The students learned about the different tree species in the area, the important role of forestry in the community and why planting is a necessary part of the industry. The students then planted trees and attached name tags so that they may revisit the site and see how their trees are growing.     

 

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