Planning Wildfire Resilient Communities - Outreach & Engagement Workshops

 Help shape the future of community wildfire resiliency planning in B.C.!

 In partnership with the BC FireSmart Committee, the BC Wildfire Service is conducting a comprehensive review of its approach toward supporting community wildfire actions. This review process represents a unique opportunity to learn from previous Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) and current science on community wildfire resiliency, and then apply them to the development of the new Community Wildfire Resiliency Planning (CWRP) process.

 Key goals of the Community Wildfire Resiliency Planning process include:

  • increasing communities’ capacity and understanding of wildfire risk
  • fostering greater collaboration across administrative boundaries
  • being more responsive to the needs of different types of communities throughout B.C. (in terms of their size, their capacity and the threats they face).

 Six regional workshops will be held this fall to engage local governments and Indigenous communities and ask them to provide input into a new Community Wildfire Resiliency Planning framework, which will replace the current Community Wildfire Protection Plan process. These day-long workshops will also provide opportunities to learn about important BC Wildfire Service updates, connect with peers and partners, and integrate all seven FireSmart disciplines into future community wildfire resiliency planning activities. More information about the Community Wildfire Resiliency Planning framework can be found by clicking here.

 Who Should Attend?
This workshop is intended for representatives of local governments and Indigenous communities who are currently participating in community wildfire resiliency planning activities, or who are interested in learning more about the process or in helping to shape community resiliency planning in B.C. in future. Attendees could include fire officials, community planners, emergency managers, community foresters and land managers, elected officials, and chief administrative officers.
Workshop Dates and Locations

(CLICK TO REGISTER – October 1st Registry Deadline!)

Vancouver Tuesday, October 15

 Williams Lake Wednesday, October 16

Cranbrook Friday, October 18

 Smithers Monday, October 21

Fort St. John Wednesday, October 23

Kelowna Friday, October 25

*Specific venue details will be provided to registered workshop participants once they are finalized.

Agenda: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Welcome and introductions.
  • Roles, responsibilities, and collaborative approaches to wildfire resiliency.
  • Understanding Community Wildfire Resiliency Planning and its relationship to FireSmart.
  • Breakout group discussions on challenges, opportunities and tools to implement Community Wildfire Resiliency Plans.
  • Discussion on group outcomes and next steps.

*Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

Register by October 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PDT

Please complete the short pre-workshop survey before your workshop date!

 For those unable to attend in person, an online summary session will be provided.  Participants are strongly encouraged to attend in order to assist in the development of the CWRP process.