Canada invests $10.1 million to reduce likelihood of forest fires in Whistler
November 14, 2022 By FFIC Staff
Nov. 14, 2022, Whistler, B.C. -The Canadian government plans to invest $10.1 million in a wildfire fuel treatment program in Whistler, B.C.
The announcement was made on Thursday by Patrick Weiler, member of parliament for West Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities and Arthur De Jong, Councillor of the resort municipality of Whistler.
Climate modelling has revealed that longer, hotter, and drier summers are expected in B.C., with temperatures reaching record highs in recent years. With climate change posing an increased risk of wildfires, the Government of Canada is investing to protect the residents of Whistler.
The funding will be used to perform fuel management treatments to 12 high-risk forested areas in Whistler. The treatments will reduce the risk of wildfires and protect local communities, including the Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation.
Once completed, the project will ensure that regional critical infrastructure and residential areas are protected, while increasing awareness and understanding of the wildfire risk posed to the area.
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