Forest Enhancement Society Allocates Over $2.74 Million to 23 Projects


The Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) is allocating over $2.74 million to 23 projects around B.C. in their first group of funding commitments.

Proposed projects include: planning and prescription development; a variety of fuel management treatments to reduce wildfire risk; harvest treatments to help rehabilitate low value forests and Mountain Pine Beetle killed stands; and wildlife habitat restoration work.

In total 60 proposals were received and evaluated by the FESBC Board of Directors. Projects throughout BC were evaluated against the Society’s criteria of wildfire risk reduction, wildlife habitat restoration, and forest rehabilitation with approval given to projects in these regions:

  • Kootenay / Boundary $1,575,000
  • Cariboo $836,000
  • Thompson / Okanagan $150,000
  • Omineca $80,000
  • South Coast $75,000
  • Provincial Scope $27,000

Over the next two weeks, the Society will be notifying the successful proponents to initiate funding agreements in order for projects to begin this fall.

The Forest Enhancement Society of BC was created in February, 2016 with an investment of $85 million from the Provincial Government to advance and advocate for the environmental and resource stewardship of B.C.’s forests. The purposes of the new Society, as laid out in its Constitution are to:

  • Prevent and mitigate the impact of wildfires;
  • Improve damaged or low value forests;
  • Improve habitat for wildlife;
  • Support the use of fibre from damaged and low value forests; and
  • Treat forests to improve the management of greenhouse gases.

Quotes:

Greg Anderson, Executive Director, Forest Enhancement Society of BC

"The first round of projects proposals for FESBC funding consideration solicited some excellent projects from around the province, many of which the Board of Directors determined should receive funding. We are continuing to work with Provincial Agencies to identify additional projects that could be initiated in 2016. It’ll be an exciting time this fall when funds start landing on the ground in form of projects benefitting the forests of BC."

Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

"The projects the Society is funding complement projects under the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative and Forests for Tomorrow. I congratulate the Society in getting up and running so quickly and delivering the first projects this fall. I look forward to seeing the results on the ground."

Wayne Clogg, Board Chair, Forest Enhancement Society of BC

"The FESBC Board felt from the outset of this program that it was a high priority to identify and approve the first project work in 2016. Our staff has worked very hard to achieve this goal and we are pleased to be announcing our first projects, which represent a diversity of treatments spread across a significant area of the province."