The Town of Whitecourt was successful in obtaining a grant from the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta to conduct vegetation management to FireSmart.
The grant agreement will provide funding of $286,000 to complete approved projects, including $279,000 for vegetation management, $5000 for the purchase and installation of FireSmart signage, and $2000 for tender advertisements and awards.
The Town will be conducting FireSmart vegetation management for about 31 hectares of land in two areas: north of the Forest Interpretive Centre between Highway 43 and Ravine Drive, and north of the ski hill between the railway tracks and the utility right-of-way. The vegetation management projects will commence once the ground is frozen.
Mayor Maryann Chichak on the FireSmart program.
The FireSmart program continues to promote wildfire hazard reduction in the community, and grants from the province and FRIAA have helped with costs.