Stakeholder Engagement Process Underway

Jan. 10, 2013

On Wednesday Jan. 9, 30 airshed stakeholders gathered to explore perspectives and priorities related to open burning and smoke control in the Sea to Sky / Howe Sound airshed. Present were representatives from a multitude of industries and sectors including forestry, lumber, and waste;  provincial authorities such as the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MoFLNRO); local municipalities and regional districts including Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish, Bowen Island and SLRD,  SCRD, GVRD; non-profits and special interest groups such as Squamish CAN and Gibson’s Conservancy; and Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations.  The diverse interests and perspectives in the room made for insightful discussion, and the result was a profusion of ideas and strategies for minimizing smoke and using biomass more effectively. While the issue of open burning, smoke control and managing biomass is not without its challenges and complexity, the willingness of all participants in the room to collaborate and learn set a positive tone for the meeting and the process of developing a strategic framework.

The next steps in this process include a follow-up call with stakeholders and several iterations of a framework reviewed by the SSCAS Board and MOE.

Wood Burning Smoke Control Framework stakeholder mtg Jan. 9 2013 3 Open Burning & Smoke Control Strategic Framework

If you would like to be involved, please contact Kim: seatoskycleanair [AT] gmail.com