The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) of British Columbia will file for a grant application to fund emergency -safety activities as well as fuel management recommendations, a report said. This includes for Descanso Bay Regional and Cox Community .
The request for $153,387 (about $123,000 USD) to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities’ Community Resiliency Investment Fund will cover fuel management prescriptions for five district in the region. The prescriptions will provide information on risks and suggest activities to manage fuel to reduce the risk of fires.
Thewere chosen because of their location within the urban interface, proximity to residential properties, risk, or historic activities within their boundaries.
Descanso Bay was chosen due to the risks associated with the activities that happen within the. The heavily cultivated area could benefit from fuel treatment according to a report from the staff. The fuel prescription could help in reducing the intensity of a near the park’s boundary.
Around 22 hectares out of the 44-hectare Cox Communitywould be the subject of a fuel prescription. Cox and Descanso Bay both adjoin Taylor Bay Road.
In collaboration with Gabriola VolunteerDepartment, the RDN is also seeking funds for the creation of a regional FireSmart coordinator to collaborate with departments on education components, such as neighborhood assessments as well as vegetation management.
A total of $45,458 (about $36,400 USD) of the grant amount will be used for Electoral Area B initiatives.
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