All around the Squamish region is evidenced a hint of climate change. We have a mass die off of salal, formerly green, now brown, at the side of most of our forested roads.
I would encourage some organized removal of this and other interface fire sources. I would have us double down on interface fire remediation and mitigation and recognize Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, and locally we are drying.
We have a choice to believe it will stay wet, or we prepare as we live in too much kindling and have too much at stake.
Editor’s note: The Squamish fire department is implementing many FireSmart initiatives in an aim to help Squamish adapt to climate change, these were outlined in at least two stories recently.