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Project Updates by Pillar

People

  • Community Wellness: Ongoing facilitation of 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

  • Firebreak and Trail Restoration Project: Finalizing plans for the work being done in 2017 to rehabilitate firebreak areas, to remediate grading in these areas, and to restore trails to their pre-fire condition.
  • Hazardous Tree Removal: Residents are 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.
  • Soil Testing: Phase 3 of the three-phase environmental testing is underway. Results expected in late April.

Economy

  • Insurance. Recovery. Support.: Following initial demand for the program, aimed at renewing the consistent presence of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) in the community, additional appointments are being added. This support continues to be provided 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 CMC Business Coaching Program, Ask an Expert, BBRC Event Series, Business Support Network events and more.

Rebuild

  • Construction Management Teams (CMTs): CMTs will be established in early April. 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 and will be presented to the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee on April 5. This plan will 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 will be rolled out publicly in the very near future.

Mitigate

  • FireSmart: The Parks Department is expected to wrap up ongoing FireSmart fuels reduction, including removing, thinning, and pruning trees and plants, in select forested areas within the RMWB by 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.
  • Mitigation Strategy: A five-year Wildfire Mitigation Strategy is being drafted for completion this September.
  • Reforestation: Establishing a plan for reforestation in the region that will follow the FireSmart principles. The plan is being built in partnership with Engineering, Parks, Forestry, and community partners.
  • Grant applications: Four grant applications have been submitted to the Forestry Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) to fund for various FireSmart initiatives

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