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WILDFIRE AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE KOOTENAYS CONFERENCE

Ecosystem Resiliency, Community Protection and Landscape Level Management

This event was held on:
JUNE 26th - 28th 2018

PRESTIGE LAKESIDE RESORT AND CONVENTION CENTRE

701 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC, Canada V1L 6G3 

ABOUT

ABOUT

Wildfires and climate change are realities in British Columbia and they can have dramatic impacts on our lives. 

 

Addressing these issues requires a multi-level approach.

 

At the 2018 Kootenay Wildfire & Climate Change Conference we shared the latest scientific research and initiatives from the Kootenays and the international arena regarding climate change, wildfire behaviour and why taking action at a landscape scale will result in a more resilient ecosystem. 

 

Given the scope of the challenges, other topics included community emergency preparedness and steps that residents can take to deal with wildfire risks.

PRESENTATIONS

PRESENTATIONS

CALL TO ACTION

CALL TO ACTION

A summary of key recommendations from over 200 delegates who participated in the

"Wildfire and Climate Change Conference"

 

June 26-28, 2018 in Nelson BC

ACTION IS URGENT – It’s not IF but WHEN wildfires will burn.

A CALL TO ACTION

  • Wildfire risk reduction is a community safety and ecosystem resilience issue, not just a forest management issue.

  • Collaboration, relationship building and leadership at the community and landscape scales are essential, across jurisdictions and interests.

 

  • Swift actions are needed to remove identified policy barriers:

 

1. Legal forest management objectives should be expanded to include wildfire risk reduction and community safety.

 

2. Forest tenures adjacent to communities should be reformed to fully incorporate wildfire risk reduction priorities.

 

3. Reforestation stocking standards should be modified to align with the goal of wildfire risk reduction.

 

4. Liabilities and other issues associated with prescribed burning should be addressed to allow for expanded use of this practice.

WHAT CAN WE ALL DO NOW?

  • Fire Smart our homes, our communities, our critical infrastructure and private lands by implementing community wildfire risk reduction activities and building FireSmart community knowledge and capacity. Let's all become recognized FireSmart Communities!

  • Develop Landscape Level Operational Plans to add mitigating the effects of climate change, reducing wildfire risks, ensuring ecosystem resilience and beneficially managing forest carbon while maintaining attention to other landscape values. 
     

  • Prepare for natural disasters with home and business emergency plans; critical infrastructure protection; right-sized community protection equipment and sprinkler units; and community-based emergency and evacuation plans.

HOSTS

PLATINUM SPONSORS

GOLD SPONSORS

SILVER SPONSORS

AREA A
AREA D
AREA F
VILLAGE OF SILVERTON
AREA H
VILLAGE OF NEW DENVER
AREA I

Owner at Cathro Consulting

SIFCo's Manager

EVENT TEAM

Integrated Investment Specialist, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development