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University of British Columbia (UBC)
This report summarizes the findings from a web‐based survey of elected officials, managers, fire chiefs and other individuals who are making decisions about and responsible for wildfire preparedness and fuels management in communities across British Columbia (BC) (n = 143). The survey was conducted in June and July 2018 by researchers in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. The purpose of the survey was to better understand the views of forest managers and representatives of municipalities, regional districts, First Nations communities and reserves about the barriers to and solutions for wildfire preparedness. Reducing wildfire risk in communities will require programs, policies and solutions that are based on an understanding of community needs, priorities and barriers to engagement with existing initiatives. This study addresses these questions and provides recommendations for action moving forward.
This 2018 survey strongly reflects the key findings of the 2017 survey in that:
This survey also highlights the additional challenges for First Nations communities and reserves, where jurisdictional and governance barriers limit their ability to access funding.
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