Construction Officially Starting On $1.2M FireSmart Interpretative Trail In Birchwood Trails

The RMWB is starting construction on a FireSmart Interpretative Trail in the Birchwood Trails.

It is expected to serve as a positive resource for the community, aimed at helping connect residents with nature while also providing an opportunity to show how the program can help protect people and property.

“People of all ages will be able to enjoy this trail, while learning about the area’s ecology and how we all can play a part in protecting our homes and communities from wildfires,” said Jody Butz, Regional Fire Chief.

The trail is slated to cost $1.2 million with the Canadian Red Cross also providing a grant for the project.

It will feature a large demonstration garden and a home construction area that will educate individuals on how FireSmart materials can be incorporated in landscapes and house designs.

Map of FireSmart Interpretative Trail in Birchwood Trails // Photo supplied by RMWB

There will also be several play areas for children, as well as interpretive signage for educational purposes.

“Surrounded by the boreal forest, we must live with risk of wildfire in our region. By incorporating FireSmart practices we mitigate this threat,” added Butz. “Through real world examples, this interpretative trail will show people how they can join that effort.”

Construction will officially start in the coming days and is expected to be completed by October.

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