2011-03-07

Massive fireguard proposed for Prince George

Officials in Prince George, B.C., are proposing to turn a large swath of forest surrounding the central Interior city into farmland in order to create a massive fireguard.

The city's environment manager Dan Adamson says the plan calls for 38,000 hectares — an area about 90 times the size of Vancouver's Stanley Park — to be logged to create the massive firebreak.

It's the first time officials in B.C. have tried to integrate wildfire management with agricultural expansion. The proposal has been dubbed the community forest expansion; even through it will reduce the amount of forest when it is done.