BY TIM O’BYRNE
A Peek Over the
After the 2018 devastation in the
western United States, rural and
urban folks are all about managing
these valuable grazing forest lands.
WR Explain how your team properly
manages forestry grazing lands and forestry
in general in order to mitigate the
risk of massive uncontrolled wildfi re that
we’ve been seeing lately in the western US?
Fire is a natural and essential ecological
process and has infl uenced nearly
all forest and grassland environments
in British Columbia. These ecosystems
have evolved with the presence
of wildfi re and have the capacity to
respond to fi re as an important natural
Recent wildfi res, prescribed fi re, and
fuel and ecosystem management can
contribute to a more resilient forest
by reducing the amount of fuel and
allowing the forest to survive low
impact fi res.
There are many actions underway
to better manage fi re risk.
• Fuel treatments are underway in
the wildland-urban interface to
reduce fuel loading.
• Stands at extreme risk to fi re are
being prioritized for harvest.
• Reduction in planting densities
are also being considered in high
fi re-risk areas.
n the spirit of stimulating refl ective interaction and possibly coming
up with new perspectives, I surmised it might be of value to
you, Dear Reader, if I solicited the vast wealth of experience possessed
by our respected northern neighbour (that’s the Canadian
spelling of neighbor) when it came to the subject of managing
mind-blowing square miles of intermingled forestry, rangeland and human
habitation. Here’s what my carefully crafted interview yielded (I
thank in advance the willing and most gracious staff of British Columbia’s
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and
Rural Development head offi ce in Victoria for their superb response).
14 I WORKING RANCH I MARCH 2019