Prescribed burn planned

The Lower Similkameen Indian Band is announcing prescribed burns will take place this month on Crater Mountain in an attempt to restore forest/grassland health and bighorn sheep habitat.

“After the devastating wildfires that we experienced in 2018 it is vital that we implement these practices to enhance wildlife habitat and adapt to the effects of climate change. Prescribed fire is a long standing Syilx method that enhances wildlife habitat and reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfire, it only makes sense that we revitalize these practices.” said Chief Keith Crow, Lower Similkameen Indian Band.

The burn is the first phase in a multi-year project aimed at improving bighorn sheep habitat, reducing wildfire threats to nearby communities, protecting cultural values, and providing an opportunity for collaboration to support the re- establishment of fire as part of the natural disturbance regime in the Okanagan.

The burn will target 192 hectares on the east slopes of Crater Mountain, north of Cathedral Provincial Park, focusing on areas nearest to communities as a priority, protecting nearby LSIB members and the community of Keremeos from potential wildfire moving up from the south.

The burn is in partnership with the Okanagan Nation Alliance, the Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and BC Wildfire Services.

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