FireSmart Funding Goes to 40 Groups Totaling $850,000

    Wildland Fire Management's new strategic vision includes $1.27 million in new funding for hazard reduction initiatives as well as the creation of Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

    Forty local government and non-profit groups are receiving a total of $850,000 through Yukon's FireSmart funding program to remove dangerous forest fuels from areas near their communities.

    Municipal and First Nations governments, volunteer fire departments, community associations and a non-profit group are joining forces with the Government of Yukon to improve community wildfire resiliency.

    Wildland Fire Management's new strategic vision includes $1.27 million in new funding for hazard reduction initiatives as well as the creation of Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

    Minister of Community Services John Streicker said in a statement, The Firesmart Funding Program is an important pillar of our government's new strategic approach to wildfire resiliency. We need our communities at the table to ensure that this vital community safety work respects cultural, environmental and socio-economic priorities.

    The FireSmart Funding Program supports forest fuel reduction projects led by local governments and non-profit groups. Launched in 1998, the program has supported Yukon organizations with almost $21 million dollars.
     

    The following organizations have received program funding for 2020–21:

    • Porter Creek Secondary School - $15,000
    • Elijah Smith School - $15,000
    • Hidden Valley School - $15,000
    • Friends of Mt Sima - $20,000
    • Mary Lake Community Association - $20,000
    • Copper Ridge Neighbourhood Association - $20,000
    • Wolf Creek Community Association - $20,000
    • Pine Ridge Neighbourhood Association - $20,000
    • McLean Lake Residents’ Association - $15,000
    • Ta’än Kwäch’än Council - $25,000
    • Lorne Mountain Community Association - $20,000
    • Kwanlin Dün First Nation - $25,000
    • Spruce Hill Community Association - $20,000
    • Ibex Valley Volunteer Firefighters Society - $15,000
    • Porter Creek Community Association - $20,000
    • Riverdale Community Association - $20,000
    • South McClintock Citizens’ Association - $20,000
    • Marsh Lake Emergency Services Society - $15,000
    • Carcross/Tagish First Nation - $20,000
    • Tagish Volunteer Fire Department Society - $20,000
    • Teslin Tlingit Council - $25,000
    • Village of Teslin - $25,000
    • Village of Haines Junction - $25,000
    • Junction Arts and Music Society - $20,000
    • Kluane First Nation - $25,000
    • Champagne & Aishihik First Nations - $25,000
    • White River First Nation - $20,000
    • Village of Carmacks - $25,000
    • Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation - $20,000
    • Selkirk First Nation - $20,000
    • Town of Faro - $20,000
    • Ross River Dena Council - $20,000
    • Dawson City Fire Department - $20,000
    • Klondike Valley Firefighters Association - $20,000
    • Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in - $25,000
    • Vuntut Gwitchin Government - $35,000
    • First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun - $25,000
    • Keno Community Club - $20,000
    • Liard First Nation - $35,000
    • Watson Lake Volunteer Fire Fighters Association - $20,000

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