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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fuel Management Prescription Program

The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Working Group
Fuel Management Prescription Program: 
A fuel management prescription is a document that identifies the objectives and strategies to lower the wildfire hazard in an identified area. Prescriptions ensure that proposed treatments include clearly defined objectives for fuel management that will result in a measurable reduction in the wildfire risk to a value while meeting all legislated and non-statutory requirements.

The Fuel Management Prescription program assists local governments and First Nations to develop prescriptions for areas in the WUI that are at risk from wildfires and which were identified as priorities in the CWPP.

Eligible Applicants:
All local governments (municipalities and regional districts) and First Nations in BC are eligible to apply

Eligible Projects:
In order to qualify for funding, local government applicants must consult with the MFLNRO Fuel Management Specialist, and First Nations applicants with a FNESS Fuel Management Liaison/Specialist, regarding the proposed project prior to submitting an application. This should include discussions of the status of the CWPP, recent activities on the landbase, consultation with the land manager (e.g. MFLNRO resource district or BC Parks) and Ministry plans.
In addition, fuel management prescriptions must be:
  • A new project (retroactive funding is not available)
  • For areas identified as a priority in a completed, current CWPP1 (as defined in the current CWPP Program & Application Guide) or priority areas identified in a Ministry plan if approved in advance by the MFLNRO Fuel Management Specialist. If SWPI funded, the complete CWPP final report must be submitted and approved by the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Working Group prior to submission of the prescription application.
  • Located in/on:
  1. Areas within the WUI
  2. Crown land, land owned by the local government or, if supported by the Fuel Management Specialist or Liaison, land that is owned by a public institution
  3. Areas identified as high or extreme Wildfire Risk Class as determined by the Local Wildfire Threat Rating and associated risk factors in a CWPP competed under the 2017 program. If threat assessments were completed prior to 2017, areas identified as extreme or high Wildfire Behaviour Threat Class and extreme or high WUI Threat Class, determined by the 2012 WUI Wildfire Threat Assessment Guide.
  4. Areas not identified above, but that link eligible areas for a logical fuel treatment unit, may be considered for funding if supported by an appropriate rationale and approved by the Fuel Management Specialist or Liaison.
  • Inclusive of proposed operational fuel treatments that are anchored, accessible/defensible and designed according to expected fire spread and intensity
  • Completed on the SWPI Fuel Management Prescription Template (April 2015)
  • Capable of completion by the applicant within one year from the date of grant approval
  • Developed by a forest professional that is accredited by the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP). The final prescription must be signed and sealed by a Registered Professional Forester.
Eligible Costs & Activities
Eligible costs are direct costs that are approved by the SWPI Evaluation Committee, properly and reasonably incurred, and paid by the applicant to carry out eligible activities. Eligible costs can only be incurred from the date of application submission until the final report is submitted.

Under the Fuel Management Prescription program, eligible activities must be cost-effective and may include:
  • Consultation with the Fuel Management Specialist or Liaison, land manager (e.g. MFLNRO resource district or BC Parks), forest tenure holders, other local governments, or other stakeholders regarding the proposed prescription. Please note this activity may take place before the application is submitted provided it is conducted within 12 months of application submission.
  • Information sharing with First Nations, as required by the land manager (e.g. MFLNRO resource district or BC Parks). Please note this activity may take place before the application is submitted provided it is conducted within 12 months of application submission.
  • Evaluation of the site(s) including field reconnaissance and data collection in order to provide stand structure, soil and eco-typing, threat assessment worksheets, threat rating, and/or fuel loading. Please note this activity may take place before the application is submitted provided it is conducted within 12 months of application submission.
  • Assessment(s) by a qualified professional that are directly related to the resource values affected by the prescription within the proposed area
  • Lay out and traversing of treatment area(s) in the field
  • Wildfire modelling to develop treatment specifications (e.g. FuelCalc, CFIS)
  • Developing a maintenance plan
  • Preparation of the prescription, maps, spatial data, and metadata (See Appendix 1 for information on the required Prescription template, Appendix 3 for mapping requirements and spatial data requirements)
  • Staff and contractor costs directly related to the development of the prescription
  • Applicant administration costs directly related to the development the prescription
  • Public information costs directly related to the development of the prescription
Grant Maximum:
The Fuel Management Prescription program can contribute a maximum of 75% of the cost of eligible activities and the remainder (25%) is required to be funded through community contributions.

In order to ensure transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds, all other grant contributions for eligible portions of the project must be declared and, depending on the total value, may decrease the value of the grant.
Contact Name: Local Government Program Services, UBCM
Contact Phone: (250) 356-2947
Contact Email: swpi@ubcm.ca
Subject Area(s): Fire, Police, Emergency Preparedness
Last Reviewed: April 13, 2017, 11:35 am
Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017
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