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ANDREW FALL

Regional Director

REGIONAL DISTRICT NEWS:

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NEW MEETING SCHEDULE-The Board is trying out a new meeting schedule:

  • 1st Wednesday of the month: Finance Committee (12:30pm) and Regional Board (3:30 pm)

  • 4th Wednesday of the month: Committee of the Whole (10:30am) and Regional Board (3:30 pm)

 

Having two board meetings each month will allow the qRD to be more responsive since finalizing decisions can be done faster. The new schedule also distributes workload more evenly over the month (the committee meetings are usually where the main discussions occur).

The Planning Committee will also meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month, but Lasqueti does not participate in the qRD Planning service.

Regional Community Wildfire Resiliency Plan: The qRD has contracted Frontera Forest Solutions Ltd. to work on the qRD Regional Community Wildfire Resiliency Plan (CWRP), which will guide actions to reduce risk and increase resilience to wildfires for the next 10 years (including the FireSmart program, emergency preparedness, and regional park management). The qRD was successful in receiving a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities to support the FireSmart program and to update the Regional CWRP.

Development of the CWRP will be done in collaboration with Tla’amin Nation and the City of Powell River.

This updated plan will help improve our understanding and communication of known hazards and risks related to wildfire, and for identifying potential mitigation and response measures. In particular, this plan will focus on the “Wildland Urban Interface” (WUI), which is defined as “any area where combustible forest fuel is found adjacent to homes, farm structures or other outbuildings. This may occur at the interface, where development and forest fuel (vegetation) meet at a well-defined boundary, or in the intermix, where development and forest fuel intermingle with no clearly defined boundary”. Most homes and structures on Lasqueti Island are in the interface zone.

More info on Wildland Urban Interface and Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning can be found at:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/wildfire-status/prevention/fire-fuel-management/fuels-management/wui_wrr_plan_development_standard_and_guidance_document.pdf

 

Please feel free to contact me. I am honoured to be your regional representative.

Director Andrew Fall, qathet Regional District
Contact Tel: 250-333-8595

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