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Project Updates by Pillar

People

  • CARE WB: Home-to-Home pilot program is underway with over 1000 doors knocked on. Working with AHS, the mission is to connect with residents on a personal level to ensure they feel supported following the wildfire disaster. We Connect, Access, Refer and Engage residents to promote recovery and overall wellbeing.
  • Honoring the Heroes of Wood Buffalo: Coordinating a facilitation session by Karen Doyle for the Honoring the Heroes community volunteer committee on the evening of September 14th to develop vision, mission and action plan for the Morgan MacDonald Commemorative First Responders project and memorial park.
  • 10 Parks in 10 Days: “Connecting Families with Communities for Wellness” was hosted by YMCA, AHS and the RMWB who supported permits and wellness snacks for final event. Participants were encouraged to complete a task at each park visited to enter a draw and received a passport and encouraged to explore the community parks. This event ran from August 8th to the 17th.
  • NSUUR (NGO’s supporting Uninsured and Underinsured Residents): Program is in the process of completing 3 rebuilds in the upcoming weeks.
  • Preparation for Upcoming 2017/18 School Year: Welcome back BBQ for staff of the Public and Catholic school systems is scheduled for August 30th & 31st.

Environment

  • Firebreak and Trail Restoration Project: Construction will start the week of September 5th in Timberlea and Eagle Ridge with the remaining areas to commence in Spring 2018.
  • Hazardous Tree Removal: A contractor has started to remove trees around the RMWB that pose a risk. Residents are still encouraged to report trees that were damaged in the wildfire that pose a safety hazard.

Rebuild

  • Construction Management Teams (CMTs): CMTs are still active in all areas.
  • Construction Access Roads: Abasand construction access road is now open.
  • Walnut Crescent Wetlands: RFP for Consulting Services closed on August 9th.
  • Water and Wastewater Repair: Work commenced in May to recover water and sewer infrastructure from the damage occurred during the wildfire.

Mitigate

  • Tree Planting: Working with Tree Canada to create a grant program where residents and community groups can receive funding to plant FireSmart Trees on their private property.
  • FireSmart Initiatives:
    • The Tree Removal and Debris Cleanup Project is in progress for the neighborhoods of Wood Buffalo, Grayling Terrace and Beacon Hill.
    • The Green Island Prescription Project is also underway to assess unburnt areas in wildfire affected areas for fuel modification measures.
    • The Anzac Fuel Modification Project has been awarded and set to begin in October.
    • FireSmart Community Preparedness Day is scheduled for September 16th.
  • Mitigation Strategy: A five-year Wildfire Mitigation Strategy is being drafted for completion this September.

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