Funding for prefire planning and designated project work as defined in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan is being offered through a grant funded process. According to the First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS) of British Columbia’s website, “The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) is a suite of funding programs managed through the Provincial Fuel Management Working Group – including the First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS), Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM). Grant administration is provided by UBCM and funding is from the Ministry. The initiative supports communities to mitigate risk from wildfire in the wildland urban interface.”
The website details how to apply for funding as well as providing a step by step method of developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs). The website also provides guidance on how to develop and implement projects. The deadlines to apply for grant funding for these important First Nations projects are January 30th 2015, April 24th 2015 and October 2nd 2015.
Canadians looking for more information on prefire planning and wildfire preparedness can also visit the FireSmart Canada website.
The picture of Prefire planning is from the First Nations' Emergency Services Website in British Columbia, Canada.