The Forestry Initiatives Program was created to address the multiple challenges facing our community at this time - mainly protecting our communities from wildfire through:
- Encouraging home and business owners to FireSmart their properties
- Implementing our Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
- Advocating for landscape level analysis and restoration
- Exploring ways to innovate the forest products manufacturing sector
The objective of the program is to build ‘home-grown’ solutions for Quesnel during it’s time of transition to be innovative, resilient and help grow a sustainable future for everyone who chooses to call the area home.
This program is made possible through funding provided by the City of Quesnel, BC Rural Dividend, Community Resiliency Investment Program, Forestry Enhancement Society of British Columbia, and Cariboo Strong.
The Forestry Initiatives Program emerged from the Future of Forestry Think Tank process, which brought together 65 technical experts in May of 2018 with a wide range of knowledge and expertise to discuss land management and innovation in manufacturing of wood.
Interested in what the Program has achieved and upcoming events? Read all of the Program news and list of events!
- February 10, 2021 - Quesnel’s Forestry program recognized through nomination
- January 21, 2020 - BC Premier calls Quesnel a 'hub of innovation'
- February 6, 2020 - Quesnel keeps an eye on Forestry's longer term future
- February 11, 2020 - Clearwater looks to Quesnel's forestry vision
- February 20, 2020 - Workshop will help move Quesnel Community Forest forward
- February 2020 Issue of Logging and Sawmilling Journal - B.C. Interior forest industry is tackling adversity—and planning for the future
- March 4, 2020 - Importance of FireSmarting your home highlighted at Quesnel open house
- March 9, 2020 - Cariboo benefits from provincial wildfire prevention money
- April 8, 2020 - Quesnel and FPInnovations partner to improve forest fibre utilization and forest resilience
- May 1, 2020 - May is FireSmart month in Quesnel and the surrounding area!
- May 10, 2020 - How the pandemic could be an opportunity to revive B.C.'s forestry industry, with Mayor Bob Simpson
- June 26, 2020 - Quesnel prepares to train forestry workers of the future
- July 8, 2020 - City of Quesnel begins fuel management project on Sugar Loaf Mountain
- July 13, 2020 - City of Quesnel moves one step closer to getting a community forest
- September 16, 2020 - City of Quesnel recognized for fire protection efforts
- September 16, 2020 - New Quesnel-area community forest process moving forward
- October 4, 2020 - FireSmart Feature: Steve Dodge and composite decking
- October 9, 2020 - Quesnel council approves funding for community forest process
- October 9, 2020 - City of Quesnel applying for UBCM grant to advance wildfire preparedness initiatives
- October 28, 2020 - City of Quesnel hopes to FireSmart private properties in 2021
- November 5, 2020 - UBC students, researchers and faculty visit Quesnel to learn about forestry
- December 14, 2020 - Innovative Study Combines First Nations’ Values with Biomass Opportunities
- March 20, 2019 - The City of Quesnel’s Forestry Initiatives Program is up and running!
- April 17, 2019 - Quesnel is on the Province’s radar
- April 18, 2019 - FireSmart your property this long weekend
- April 19, 2019 - The Face of Forestry Documentary by CKPG
- August 23, 2019 - Fuel Management on Dragon Mountain
- September 19, 2019 - Quesnel Thinks outside the wood box
- September 27, 2019 - Quesnel opens Forestry Innovation Centre
- October 31, 2019 - Wildfire research a hot project for FPInnovations in Quesnel, B.C.
The Forestry Initiatives Program Newsletters, which are sent to all of our community partners and interested partners.
If you are interested in receiving these updates, contact the Forestry Initiatives Coordinator to be added to the subscription list.
The Forestry Initiatives Program is involved in a number of different research projects. Check here for research findings and updates!
Selective Harvest Operation as a Forest Fuel Treatment
(2019 - Ongoing) The City of Quesnel applied an innovative selective harvesting technique in a mature Douglas-fir forest stand with the objectives of maintaining biodiversity and reducing fuel-load buildup and consequent wildfire threat. FPInnovations researchers monitored and documented the harvesting operations and measured machine productivity to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the operation. The project to collect baseline data is complete and the full report is available. There are 8 permanent research plots that will be used for future research.
Adapting Canadian silviculture & forest management to global change
(2021 - 2025) FPInnovations, the University of British Columbia, Laval University and NRCan have asked the Province of BC (Chief Foresters Office), Quesnel Resource District, and the City of Quesnel to be involved in a large national research project called Silv@21 which aims to improve silvicultural practices across Canada. Updates to come.
Interested in learning more about FireSmart practices, Community Wildfire Protection Plan, landscape level analysis and restoration, innovative manufacturing, and other forestry related topics? Follow the links below to learn more.
Wildfire mitigation work around your home can give firefighters the best chance to defend and protect your property from wildfires, and can also substantially increase your safety and reduce the risk to life and property.
What is a FireSmart Home Assessment?
It is a free, educational assessment of your home's exterior and yard to determine your home and yard hazard score. An assessment can also be done for businesses. There are three easy ways to find out your score:
- Free FireSmart Begins at Home App: available from Google Play or the App Store, this guided, self-conducted assessment also provides FireSmart recommendations.
- Free FireSmart Begins at Home Manual: available from firesmartbc.ca, it outlines the FireSmart program and how each homeowner can make their property and neighbourhood FireSmart, and includes a self-conducted assessment score card.
- Free visit by a Local FireSmart Representative (LFR): The LFR will walk around your yard, fill out the score card, and explain the different ways that landscaping, building practices, and yard work can affect your wildfire risk. The LFR will give you a list of recommendations and can answer any questions you may have. You can also ask about neighbourhood assessments. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a visit.
Please note that there are no obligations to complete the recommendations, the assessment is not linked to your property, and no information is shared with your insurance provider - it is an educational tool only.
- FireSmart BC's website.
- FireSmart Canada's list of resources.
- FireSmart Canada's free online course FireSmart 101: for those who are just getting started with FireSmart in their community and want to learn more (takes about 30 minutes).
- The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction Report on why some houses survived the Fort McMurray fire.
Quesnel’s CWPP identifies 34 fuel treatment units. The overall goal of the program is to implement the CWPP within 5 years (by 2022), using multiple funding sources, starting with areas within the 2 km wildland urban interface (WUI) and working outwards.
The City is working with: local area licensees and Provincial agencies, such as BC Parks and all branches of the Ministry of Forest, Land, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development, to identify the potential collaborations and innovative approaches needed for advancing the fuel mitigation work laid out in the CWPP.
The City enables the collaboration and consensus-building needed to carryout out large-scale fuel management, and the associated fibre utilisation and job creation opportunities.
Working with our Provincial government partners, the City of Quesnel is supporting the landscape level analysis and restoration project. The goal of this project is to shift the way we manage for merchantable timber to managing the ecosystem for multiple values.
We are proposing a learning laboratory on the land west of the Fraser River to test alternate forms of ecosystem management. The proposed project consists of research, management and planning to better understand the role of fire and forest health on ecosystem functions. We are looking at ways that prescribed fires can restore landscapes that are resilient to a changing climate and potential future mega-fires. Above and beyond prescribed fires are different fuel management techniques, including thinning, spacing, and utilizing more of the fibre left behind from traditional harvesting practices.
Quesnel is also home to one of the most diverse concentrations of wood products manufacturing facilities in the world. We have many of the best milling and processing operations that have been used for making traditional wood products, which can now be diversified. Through research and development, forestry companies are experimenting with wood-fibre residues and other byproducts of forest product manufacturing. Some of these products include prefabricated construction materials, wood composites, biofuels, bio-oils, pellets, and biodegradable single use products.
The City has been working with research and development companies, like FPInnovations, to explore the future of wood products. The emerging research from FPInnovations illustrates the magnitude of possible alternative wood products, which can augment and/or replace many products in the construction and assembly processes, as well as everyday consumable products.
There are many innovative and alternative uses for wood-fibre, many of which are already in development and entering the market.