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The City of Prince George was provided a "Probationary" Community Forest Agreement (CFA) in 2006 to harvest timber on Crown lands within the City limits. The license has recently been extended to October 31, 2016. The main objectives of harvesting activities are to reduce wildfire hazards, and to salvage mountain pine beetle-killed pine trees in the interests of public safety.
CFA operational harvesting (also referred to as "fuel treatments") must respect the rural, urban and natural values associated with working within the municipal boundaries and within neighborhoods and around people's homes. Much of the work involves hand work or small, specialized equipment to reduce brush, remove dead or hazard trees, and prune mature trees in order to reduce the intensity and rate of spread of a wildfire and provide a better chance for fire-supression crews to control a fire. In order to avoid added air quality impacts, forest debris and slash is not burned on site, but rather chipped and removed or spread on site. Therefore this work is much more expensive than conventional logging and the City appreciates the grant funding programs from the Federal and Provincial governments that support this important work.
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The overarching objective for the community forest is to improve the safety and quality of life for the residents of the City of Prince George. This is in keeping with the principles that provide a foundation for the vision of the Official Community Plan (OCP), which include “A Focus on Quality of Life”, “Environmental Stewardship”, and “Social Responsibility”, among others. The urban interface wildfire hazard is at the forefront of the need to manage the Crown lands within the city, for the safety and quality of life of all residents.