Tree Frog Forestry News

Safeguarding Big White through Wildfire Risk Reduction

By Aleece Laird
Forest Enhancement Society of BC
December 3, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Close to 100 hectares near Big White Ski Resort will be treated to reduce interface wildfire risk. The goal is to minimize potential home, resort infrastructure and business loss due to wildfire, and ensure the resort’s continued contribution to the economy. The treatments will also help to protect part of the mountain’s only egress route. “When you live in a community where there’s only one road out and you see the devastation a fire can bring, it’s nerve racking,” said Michael Ballingall, senior vice president, Big White Ski Resort. “The forest around the resort hasn’t burned for over 200 years, so we were looking for a program to help us clear around Big White.”

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