On June 26th HPCC Forest Manager presented an update on our ongoing climate change adaptation project and wildfire risk reduction work in the community forest. You can download the presentation here.
HPCC is developing fuel reduction plans for a 140-hectare area above Procter. This area at the top of Victor Road was high-graded (heavily logged, removing most the valuable timber) approximately 30 to 40 years ago. It has regenerated primarily to very dense hemlock and now represents a very high fire hazard.
Our plans are to thin the forest to reduce the fire hazard and encourage the growth of more fire- and drought-tolerant trees and shrubs.
HPCC is developing plans for fuel reduction in the Kosma Road area at the top of Lewis Road. We are planning to expand on the work already completed in this area, and extend a fuel break to the West Arm Park boundary. This fuel break is intended to protect Harrop from a fire approaching from the southwest.