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Burnt Tree Harvesting: Abasand, Beacon Hill, Wood Buffalo

Assessments of burnt areas in Abasand, Beacon Hill and Wood Buffalo indicated the need to remove dead trees in order to reduce the long-term fire hazard and reduce the risk of injury from trees that are blown down. Every effort will be made to preserve and promote natural regeneration the area to return to a healthy, less fire-prone forest as quickly as possible while protecting slope stability of the area.

The project will begin in January 2018 and be completed by March 31, 2018.

Work Plan:

The contractor will remove dead, standing trees and leave 30 cm stumps (minimum) to assist with OHV abatement; some dead, standing trees may be left for wildlife. The trees will be removed from areas within 100 metres of structures, or the top of slope, whichever is less.

Debris with a diameter exceeding 10 cm will be hauled to the municipal landfill for composting. Smaller debris may also be hauled to the landfill, or be burned onsite.

The project includes a fuel reduction treatment on the east side of Beacon Hill, which includes thinning of the evergreen overstory, understory, and removing unhealthy trees and shrubs. The fuel reduction element of the project is in alignment with the FireSmart principles being applied to Wildland Urban Interface Areas across the region. Live trees will be left in place in accordance with FireSmart guidelines.

Contact:

Any questions regarding this project should be directed to recovery@rmwb.ca.

Project Area:

The project will cover approximately 18.5 hectares in Beacon Hill, 23 hectares in Abasand and 3 hectares in Wood Buffalo. Please see the maps below for specific project areas.

Burnt Tree Harvesting Map - Abasand

Burnt Tree Harvesting Map - Beacon Hill

Burnt Tree Harvesting Map - Wood Buffalo

The 2018-2019 WMZone season is finished.  Stay tuned for updates in the fall.