Blarchmont Hillside Fuel Treatment (Feb. 2008)
The City's fire consultant, Bob Gray and Professional Forester Geoff Byford have developed a plan for fuel treatment on the hillside above Lower Blarchmont. They have defined a 15.7 hectare treatment unit that includes the ridge above Eimer's Lake and the slope above Overwaitea. (see map below) The area will be treated by hand, using the Provincial fire crews when they are not busy fighting forest fires. The crews will first work through the area and dice up and pile all the coarse woody debris for burning next fall or winter. The following year they will do a second pass and cut down the small trees and any beetle infected pine and pile it for burning. Most of the large trees will be left on the slope.