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Alberta accepting FireSmart grant applications

Aug. 15, 2011, Edmonton – The Alberta government is implementing a $500,000 FireSmart program to help protect communities from wildfire.


August 15, 2011
By Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

Aug. 15, 2011, Edmonton – The Alberta
government is implementing a $500,000 FireSmart program to help protect communities
from wildfire. Municipalities located in the province's Forest Protection Area
are eligible.

Alberta's more than 300 at-risk forest-area
communities can apply for grants of up to $50,000 to support programs under the
FireSmart community grant program. Over the past six years, the provincial
program has provided more than $1.5 million to the communities.

“Wildfires can have a devastating impact on communities, as we saw earlier this
year in Slave Lake,” says Mel Knight, minister of sustainable resource
development. “This funding will support those kinds of critical FireSmart
projects and help provide proactive planning at the municipal level.”

Municipalities, municipal districts,
counties, Metis Settlements, and registered non-profit societies located within
the Forest Protection Area are eligible to apply for FireSmart community
grants. The funding can be used to support FireSmart planning, public
education, on-the-ground FireSmart initiatives, emergency planning, and other
eligible projects.

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The Forest Protection Area encompasses much
of the forested area in the northern half of Alberta, and south along the
Eastern Slopes. A map of the Forest Protection Area is available at
srd.alberta.ca/Wildfire/WildfireMaps/documents/SRD_Areas_8x11.pdf.

Applications are being accepted until
September 6, 2011. More details about the program and applications are
available at www.srd.alberta.ca.


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