Employ No-Burn Methods For Wildfire Risk Reductions

Employ No-Burn Methods For Wildfire Risk Reductions

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David Pedersen started this petition to British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and

Honourable Katrine Conroy
Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
PO Box 9049 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2

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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

WE THE PETITIONERS submit this petition to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development on behalf of the residents of Quesnel, Williams Lake, and beyond, in response to the Ministry's plans to conduct controlled burns to reduce the wildfire risk in those areas.

Wildfire risk management is becoming increasingly important and urgent as climate change and urban-rural interface developments make wildfires more damaging and dangerous.  However, when done improperly, these activities, which are meant to reduce risk, actually end up INCREASING the risk instead in a disturbing way:

Controlled burns, while generally smaller in size and shorter in duration than major wildfires, produce the exact same kinds of pollutants that wildfires do (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25947317 and also contribute to climate change through the release of stored carbon (https://woodsmokepollution.org/climate.html and the deposition of black carbon (https://theconversation.com/amazon-fires-are-causing-glaciers-in-the-andes-to-melt-even-faster-128023  Therefore, while controlled burns can reduce the impacts of primary wildfires, the pollution produced by controlled burns is significant, dangerous, and cannot be ignored.

In order to continue with wildfire risk reductions, we the petitioners respectfully request that the Ministry explore and implement, as soon as is practically possible, alternative solutions for wildfire control, including (but not limited to) composting, chipping, artistic use, and production of construction materials.  We urge you to select the most-economical and highest-capacity technology to ensure that these important risk-reduction programs are able to continue uninterrupted to help reduce the destruction and pollution that sadly now regularly plague our province every summer and fall.

Thank you for working to improve British Columbia's public health and shared environment.

Signed,

David Pedersen et al., petitioners

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