FESBC ready to spend $63 million on forest stewardship projects

The Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) will be having its fifth intake for project proposals starting on October 1.

In this round of funding, the society has $63 million on the table for projects that advance environmental and resource stewardship of B.C.’s forests.
 
“Since our inception, FESBC has awarded grants for 171 projects with a combined total value of $163 million,” said Steve Kozuki, executive director of FESBC, in a news release. “Our society deploys grant funding to organizations like community forests, municipalities, and First Nations who implement projects focused on a variety of treatments on provincial Crown forest lands. The work our team of forest professionals does is to help those applying for funding and guiding the process to ensure the ensuing work done across the province utilizes the best strategies. Our mandate is to ensure funding is well spent on projects that will have meaningful impact.”
 
FESBC was formed as a society in 2016 and in the first two years, received contributions of $235 million from the provincial government to award to projects through a granting process.

“The funds are granted to organizations which have a plan to advance environmental and resource stewardship of our province’s forests,” says Kozuki. “Our five purposes are preventing and mitigating the impact of wildfires, improving damaged or low value forests, improving habitat for wildlife, and/or treating forests to improve the management of greenhouse gases. This is very important work our funded partners are doing, and we’re starting to see the results.”
 
With $63 million available during this intake, $30 million is earmarked for carbon emission reduction and $33 million for projects fulfilling the society’s purpose to prevent and mitigate the impact of wildfires, as well as and other objectives.
 
For those proponents looking to apply, Kozuki is inviting them to make contact directly with the society.
 
“Our team is here to assist interested proponents,” says Kozuki. “We invite people to call us at 1.877.225.2010 or email office@fesbc.ca and our team can help confirm the project’s eligibility and walk them through the process. We want projects to have success and receive funding if they are in alignment with our purposes.”
 
An online Application Guide can be found on the FESBC website at www.fesbc.ca. It will provide information on application deadlines, project parameters, and available funding. There is no set deadline for the Carbon Emission Reduction projects, but there is a deadline of November 30, 2018 for any projects for Wildfire Risk Reduction and other FESBC purposes.