Work scheduled to start next week along the border of Spruce Grove and White Gold neighbourhoods
Reducing the threat of wildfire is a high priority for the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) which is why work to treat a buffer area on the western edge of Lost Lake next to Spruce Grove and White Gold will begin next week. The work will continue until snow prevents it from continuing and will resume again in 2020 when snow melt permits.
Crews will focus on the area between Spruce Grove Park and the Scandinave Spa in autumn 2019. In the spring, work will continue south toward the Passive Haus. During the work, certain trails will be closed to maintain public safety. The public is asked to respect all signs and for their safety stay out of the work zones where tree felling and chipping will be taking place.
During this work, residents and businesses may notice noise that includes chippers and chainsaws however, the RMOW will ensure that all work complies with municipal noise bylaws and thanks residents for their patience while this important community safety work is underway. No burning will take place with this project.
“Fuel thinning” involves removal of bush and debris on the ground, as well as pruning branches and removing specific trees to reduce the risk of wildfire. High value wildlife trees, fire-resistant deciduous trees and species such as Douglas-fir are typically left in place. Fuel thinning treatments are isolated to defined areas and are intended to be reduce small, tight second growth trees and the number of tree crowns that touch each other, leaving an open, park-like feel to the forest.
This work will help reduce the risk of wildfire by minimizing forest wildfire fuel loads identified in Whistler’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). In addition to reducing forest fuel loads, secondary objectives of the project are to:
- Protect critical infrastructure and facilities in Whistler.
- Restore open forest conditions.
- Demonstrate the principles and practices of FireSmart.
For more information about the project visit www.whistler.ca/fuelthinning
About Whistler’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan
The RMOW is committed to reducing the risk of wildfire in Whistler. In 2005 and 2011, the municipality completed and updated a Community Wildfire Protection Strategy which identified high priority forests that should be thinned to reduce the fuel hazard. Over the past few years, the RMOW has conducted fuel thinning projects in Lost Lake Park above Horstman Estates, Kadenwood, Millars Pond and the Cheakamus Community Forest.
Make your property FireSmart
Strata and property owners are encouraged to help protect their properties from wildfire and make their properties FireSmart by:
- Schedule a free FireSmart home and site hazard assessment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Review the FireSmart brochure for steps you can take to make your home and property more resistant to wildfire.