Full January 2018 FireSmart Newsletter
Highly visible work will take place along the southern and western edges of town, including along the Discovery Trail on Connaught Drive. The project will target pine beetle affected trees and other forest fuel located within approximately 250 meters of residential area.
Since 2003, more than 1,000 hectares of forest surrounding the Municipality of Jasper have undergone intensive forest fuel reduction through the FireSmart program to reduce the impact a wildfire would have on the town, its infrastructure, ecosystem and landscape.
The purpose of the current FireSmart project is to reduce the accumulated forest fuels in previously treated FireSmart units resulting from mountain pine beetle tree mortality and the natural process
of forest regeneration.
FireSmart work will have an impact on local trails, namely the Discovery Trail and a number of trail connectors immediately around the town site. Signage will be in place, and up to date information will be available through Jasper National Park’s trail office. Wood burning will be kept to a minimum to lessen the impact on air quality in the community. All monies collected for trees harvested for lumber will be reinvested in the project to expand the treatment areas.
Questions on the project?
Contact Greg Van Tighem, Fire Chief and Director of Protective Services