Partnerships

What is a partner?

A partner is any individual or agency who participates, provides input and supports wildfire risk reduction tactics, such as cultural burning and prescribed fire. This may include identifying areas where a prescribed fire could meet a specific objective, initiating or contributing to a burn plan or prescription, supporting implementation on burn day or helping to monitor projects post-burn. Often, there are multiple partners involved in a project.

Key partnership groups

Tackling wildfire risk reduction and land management on a larger scale requires a bigger, collective approach. Here are a few of the key partner groups responsible for protecting our forests and communities in BC.

Provincial Government

The ministries, agencies and Crown corporations within the government of BC that support and manage land planning, management and wildfire risk reduction.

Municipalities and Regional Districts

Local governments incorporated by the province, including small towns, rural areas or big cities that have locally elected officials that govern communities and provide and regulate local services.

Indigenous Communities

First Nations, MĂ©tis and Inuit peoples who are the original inhabitants of the land that is now Canada and have in many ways been leading wildland fire mitigation and prevention since time immemorial, through local Indigenous knowledge systems.

Not-for-Profit

Associations, clubs, or societies that are organized and operated exclusively for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, recreation, or any other purpose except profit.

Forest Industry

Canadian private forest industries, including solid wood manufacturing, pulp and paper and logging.

Land Owners

A person or multiple people who own private property and land, especially a large amount of land.

Farm & Ranch

Owners of large plots of land that produce agriculture or carry cattle or sheep, as their primary focus.

Fire Departments

The department of a local or municipal authority in charge of preventing and fighting fires.

Working together to help protect and manage our forests and communities

This video explains the concept of shared stewardship and outlines how government agencies, land managers, Indigenous communities, and other organizations work together across the province to help manage and protect our forests and communities.

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The concept of shared stewardship

What is Shared Stewardship?

Shared Stewardship is a collaborative approach to land management that focuses on working together with government agencies and other partners to establish joint priorities and opportunities.

Shared Stewardship Key Values:

  1. Working together on a larger scale
  2. Cross-boundary solutions regardless of who owns the land
  3. Joint priority setting (working together and sharing the risk)

It encourages strategy development across jurisdictions at a larger scale to create healthy, resilient forests.

Urgent land management challenges like extreme wildfires, fuel build-up, and invasive species do not recognize borders or jurisdiction lines. Shared Stewardship brings together provincial, regional, and local governments and other stakeholders to plan, prioritize, and act together.

Through Shared Stewardship, partners are coming together to address these challenges and explore opportunities to improve forest health and resiliency so that we can all continue to enjoy and benefit from our public and private lands.

Partner Case Studies

Ponderosa Prescribed Burn

This case study details the prescribed fire conducted by BC Wildfire Service in partnership with the Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo) on April 14, 2021 in the Slocan Valley, BC. The purpose of the project was to create landscape level fuel breaks to reduce the threat of landscape level wildfires in the slocan valley.

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Cultural Burning – Shackan Indian Band

Produced in 2019 for First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS). The Indigenous cultural burning storytelling and practices project is a companion initiative to the Revitalizing traditional burning: Integrating Indigenous cultural values into wildfire management and climate change adaptation planning project.

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Forest ecosystems are essential to life on earth. Yet, despite our dependence on them, forests are experiencing many issues affecting their health, including fuel build-up, overcrowding, insects, disease and increasingly severe wildfire.

So, who exactly is responsible for managing and protecting them?