Controlled burns being conducted in the region

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is planning controlled burns near Fort St. John and Chetwynd between now and June 7.

The burns are an attempt to increase the quality of range for hooved animals like moose, deer and elk, by prompting the growth of new, better forage.

article continues below

“The introduction of high-intensity prescribed burns in the spring is intended to help restore natural grasslands and early seral [maturing] habitat,” the ministry said in a release.

The burns are planned for areas near Fort St. John, Bear Flat and Wilder Creek, Red Creek, Moberly River and Pine River.

There’s also one scheduled for Coldstream Creek, 30 kilometers east of Chetwynd.

The ministry warned that smoke from these burns could be visible from Fort St. John, Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope, but promised that they would be closely monitored.

The ministry said this year’s burns will cover 10,000 hectares, as opposed to last year’s planned burns which the ministry said would cover 47,000 hectares.

Some of the ungulate species that benefit are stone’s sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, elk, moose, and wood bison.

Funding for the burns comes from the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, the North Peace Rod and Gun Club, the Northern B.C. Guides Association and the Northeast B.C. Wildlife Fund.                           

© Copyright Alaska Highway News


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Alaska Highway News welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
Sign Up for our Newsletter!

Popular News

Lowest Gas Prices in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St John, Tumbler Ridge
British Columbia Gas Prices provided by

Community Event Calendar

Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.