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Project Updates by Pillar

People

  • Community Wellness: Continuing to support community-driven efforts to provide supports and services to the residents of our community.
  • Neighbourhood Network: Supporting efforts by the Neighbourhood Network to recognize, promote and support activities that contribute to the vitality and high quality of life in Wood Buffalo.

Environment

  • Greenspace Rehabilitation Project: Updating the community on the work being done to rehabilitate firebreak areas, to remove hazardous trees, and to restore trails to their pre-fire condition.
  • Municipal FireSmart principles: Encouraging greenspace-adjacent homeowners to download the newly created RMWB Guide to FireSmart Landscaping to help mitigate the risk of wildfire to their home.
  • Hazardous Tree Removal: Residents are being encouraged to report trees that were damaged in the wildfire that pose a safety hazard. A contractor will be on standby to assess and remove the trees if necessary.
  • Tree Canada’s Operation ReLeaf – Fort McMurray: Welcome Tree Canada to Fort McMurray to update the community as we work to establish a plan for reforestation of the community.
  • Soil Testing: Phase 3 of the three-phase Air, Ash and Soil testing is underway. The results of soil testing are expected in late April.

Economy

  • Re-establishing presence of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) in the community: A new program called Insurance. Recovery. Support. is launching March 15, which renews the consistent presence of IBC in the community alongside support from the Recovery Task Force and the Canadian Red Cross at the Back to Business Resource Centre (BBRC).
  • BBRC: The BBRC continues to offer free programming to aid the recovery of local businesses including the Business Coaching Program, Ask an Expert, BBRC Event Series, Business Support Network events and more.

Rebuild

  • Construction Management Teams (CMTs): Establishing CMTs remains a top priority ahead of the spring boom in construction. The CMTs will help to coordinate the rebuild and help ensure safety in the community.
  • Construction Safety Education: The education plan is in the execution phase, working to bring community-focused construction safety information to the schools in our community as well as community partner agencies like sports teams, youth groups, religious groups, and other community associations. The goal is to educate children about the dangers of construction sites to mitigate risk during rebuild.
  • Comprehensive Firebreak Program: Reimbursement cheques for Firebreak Property excess fees are being issued. The Comprehensive Firebreak Program is in its final stages of design and should be rolled out publicly in the very near future.

Mitigate

  • FireSmart: The Parks Department is completing ongoing FireSmart work including fuels reduction, including removing, thinning, and pruning trees and plants, in select forested areas within the RMWB. The debris is being offered as free firewood to the public until March 24, is being mulched, diverted to the landfill, or burned under the close supervision of qualified professionals. Work is expected to be complete March 31.
  • FireSmart education: A community education plan is forthcoming regarding what is being done throughout the Wildland Urban Interface to help mitigate the risk of a wildfire using the seven FireSmart disciplines.

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