Fuel Management is a priority for 100 Mile Community Forest

The organization is pioneering the use of a normal cutting permit process to create fuel breaks

The 100 Mile House Community Forest continues to make progress on fuel management projects along Horse Lake Road and Highway 24, with two permit areas nearing completion and several others making good progress over the past month, according to a news release from the district of 100 Mile House on July 9.

Joanne Doddridge, director of Economic Development and Planning for the District of 100 Mile House, said that work in those areas has included a combination of mechanical harvesting and hand crews.

According to the release, the areas above Horse Lake Road are pioneering the use of a normal cutting permit process to create fuel breaks in the Wildland Urban Interface around 100 Mile House.

Creating fuel breaks with harvesting machines is a relatively new process, said Doddridge in the release, and the areas along Horse Lake Road are some of the first in the region to be managed primarily with logging equipment as well as with minimal funding from the government.

“Since its inception, the Community Forest has sent timber to the local mills, supporting local employment,” reads the release. “This will not change. That said, the closure of the Norbord mill will have a direct impact on the Community Forest’s operations as much of the smaller material being harvested was slated to go to Norbord’s OSB program.”

Doddridge advised that the Community Forest pulpwood “is now going either to Quesnel Pulp or to River City in Kamloops” in an email to the Free Press on July 17.

Doddridge said that local forest and lands ministry staff, along with BC Wildfire Service and the Forest Enhancement Society of BC are quite interested in the progress being made on these Fuel Break areas.

Local, regional and provincial staff from these ministries actually held a Fuel Management Treatment field review in early June on one of the blocks from Horse Lake Road.

“The Community Forest is working diligently to meet objectives for Mule Deer Winter Range use, Old Growth Management protection, retention of visual quality, increased safety and ability to action any fires that start on the unit, and the reduction of wildfire threat. Using logging equipment to do a majority of the harvesting and fine surface fuel reduction means a lower cost for implementing the fuel treatments, and more of the woodcut on the areas can be utilized.”

As the weather permits, locals may see crews conducting “manual treatments” with chain saws this summer and fall, to link the mechanical treated areas above Horse Lake Road. The work is expected to continue through the summer as long as the wetter weather continues, said Doddridge.

Residents along Horse Lake Road North and near the Horse Lake School neighbourhoods will likely see layout crews in the bush in the next month working to prepare the units for Fuel Management treatment.

At this time, the management of the Community Forest is in somewhat of a transition state, as no new manager has been hired for the position since the departure of former Community Forest manager Bill Hadden. Currently, Doddridge and CAO Roy Scott are collaborating to oversee the administration of the district’s Community Forest.


raven.nyman@100milefreepress.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

GoFundMe started after fire leaves Ruth Lake cabin severely damaged

‘The fire hit hard and fast - he lost everything’

Will you be voting for a different federal party than you did in 2015?

The weekly web poll for the 100 Mile Free Press

Capturing everyday life: Verboom brings loose realism to the Showcase Gallery

‘I love that our Cariboo life is real people with real jobs… blue collar, hard-working people’

100 Mile House Fire-Rescue kicks off fire prevention week with open house

“We always want the public to come and see for themselves”

From the archives of the 100 Mile Free Press

28 YEARS AGO (1991): Members of the Cariboo Elders Building and Recreation… Continue reading

B.C.’s rural paramedic program expands, with home support

Advanced care ambulance staff added for six communities

BC Ferries sees steady traffic of post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Ferries filling up fast, sailing waits at some terminals

‘Save the kids!’ Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his Canadian wife’s death

Family held a funeral and placed Alishia Liolli’s remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont.

Okanagan woman, 91, votes at advance polls despite broken hip, shoulder and wrist

Angela Maynard has voted in almost every election during her lifetime

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

‘My heart goes out to the mother’: B.C. dad reacts to stabbing death of Ontario boy

Carson Crimeni, who was also 14, was bullied relentlessly, his dad says

BC Ferries filling up fast with post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Monday anticipated to be busiest day of the weekend

‘Wham-bam out the door’: Surrey man’s front yard left ruined by scamming landscaper

Resident warns neighbours to be careful of door-to-door salesmen

Most Read