THE SVWRP - WHAT IS IT?
The Slocan Valley Wildfire Resiliency Program (SVWRP) is a wildfire planning initiative being delivered by SIFCo on behalf of the Villages of Slocan, Silverton, and New Denver. The first year of the program is focused on developing a comprehensive long-term strategy to create more fire resilient communities in the Slocan Valley.
The core of the program is guided by the FireSmart disciplines and plays an active role in supporting the long-term planning strategy and delivery.
Following the FireSmart disciplines to mitigate wildfire, planning strategies and services will be delivered for the following areas; education and outreach, emergency planning, vegetation management, cross-training, and interagency cooperation.
Educating and working with community members is key to ensuring wildfire adapted and prepared communities.
LANDSCAPE LEVEL PLANNING
Landscape Fire Planning and Management is an integrated approach that fully recognizes and considers the risks of wildland fire in resource management decisions at all levels. Landscape-level planning is based on the concepts of landscape ecology (which includes fire), the study of how biota, materials and energy exist and flow within landscapes. Different strategic options may include: fuel reduction, strategic fuel breaks and use of different forest types that resist wildfires.
Humans are part of the planetary landscape and our impacts on natural patterns are now key factors that influence how landscapes function. As we continue our path towards a more fire adapted community, recognizing and understanding the place that wildfire has within the broader forest management discussion will improve the overall effectiveness of the wildfire reduction mitigation strategies.
WILDFIRE HISTORY - HOW DID WE GET HERE?
A CHANGING CLIMATE IS INCREASING
Longer droughts and stalled weather patterns, smaller snowpacks, and less predictable weather patterns are increasing wildfire frequency and intensity.