Highlands receives FireSmart grant

Some grant money earmarked for working with property owners

Highlands is the recipient of a $10,000 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative FireSmart Grant, funding that will help the District mitigate risks to local residents.

Mayor Ken Williams said $2,000 of the grant is earmarked to host one or more evening or weekend workshops designed to inform the public how to create and maintain a wildfire-safe home. It will also cover the cost of a venue, a FireSmart consultant, printed workshop materials and refreshments.

Another $2,000 is set aside for specific dates for roadside pick-up, chipping and delivery to the Community Hall gardens of broom and brush.

The remaining $6,000 will be used for reimbursement grants (up to $200 each) for property owners to hire a FireSmart consultant to provide them with a plan for their property.

The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative is a group of funding programs managed through the provincial Fuel Management Working Group, which includes the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society; Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

The initiative supports communities to help mitigate risk from wildfire in areas where wildland fuels (vegetation) are found adjacent to homes, farm structures or other outbuildings.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

WATCH: Our Place Therapeutic Recovery Community turns into a ‘place of healing’

500 volunteers, 120 businesses worked to transform View Royal community

A party for 11 pups and their adoptive families in Beckwith Park in Saanich

The coonhound siblings reunited at a barbeque on Saturday

HarbourCats bats hot in home return

Victoria squad downs Yakima Valley Pippins 17-2

Victoria veteran receives French Legion of Honour, becoming knight of France

Ted Vaughan was a pilot in the 408 “Goose” Squadron in WW2

Witness the passion and fire of flamenco in Victoria this July

Seventh annual Victoria Flamenco Festival features free and ticketed performances downtown

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

Most Read