Wildfire management and the use of prescribed fire and fuel reduction will require a collaborative approach. Syilx peoples have managed the landscape through controlled burns for millennia. The role of the British Columbia Wildfire Service is to mitigate impacts of wildfire on life and assets, Crown forests and grasslands, and prioritize fuel management and wildfire suppression in interface areas where communities and forests come together. Local and volunteer fire departments have lifetimes of experience protecting homes and community. Parks Canada is a leader, with more than 125 years of experience using fire management to prevent catastrophic wildfire, naturally restore and maintain the ecology of national parks and manage fire and fuel sources to protect important resources and infrastructure.
Parks Canada eagerly awaits the opportunity to learn from and cooperatively work with the Syilx peoples, British Columbia Wildfire Service and local community fire departments and municipalities to develop fire and vegetation management plans for the proposed national park reserve to protect the places and spaces that we all love.
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