The Union of British Columbia Municipalities has tightened the rules surrounding which fuel treatment projects get provincial funding. Earlier, we reported the government had put a $500,000 annual funding cap on those projects - which involve the clearing or thinning of wooded areas that, if left alone, could increase the chances or severity of a forest fire. And now the union has advised local governments those monies will only go to "areas of extreme or high wildfire threat." The reason: "there is still much to be done, and the funding remaining under the initiative is limited." The following is a complete copy of that advisory, which was obtained by Public Eye.
March 31, 2010