The Town of Whitecourt will continue their work as a FireSmart community, planning another project for next summer.
With unanimous approval from Council, the Town has submitted an Expression of Interest Application that requests funding for a proposed project through the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) FireSmart Program for 2020-2021.
Mayor Maryann Chichak explains this project will look at managing areas that have had re-growth in vegetation in order to reduce the potential to fuel a fire.
The project will involve hiring a summer crew of four students in both 2020 and 2021, to perform vegetation management activities on forested land, near residential properties, commercial properties, walking trails, and biking trails that are owned by the Town or are Crown land.
The Expression of Interest Application asks for two years of funding through the FireSmart program for the project, which is estimated to cost $186,560.