Town council has backed an application for funding to implement another portion of the wildfire hazard reduction plan of Cochrane Fire Services.

A $115,560 funding request has been submitted to Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) for mitigation projects targeting approximately 6.1 hectares in the Historic Cochrane Ranche and the Cochrane Heights community. One additional treatment is proposed for the land adjacent to the Lofts on the Bow building on George Fox Dr.

Dead, damaged and diseased trees will be removed and 1,200 new aspen seedlings will be planted to improve forest ecology health and species diversity.

If the grant application is successful, the identified work is expected to take approximately 30 days to complete and will occur in the winter to allow for pile and burn where a chipper is unable to be placed.

One hundred per cent funding for the projects is being sought. If it is not received, a hazard assessment will be completed to prioritize the areas of highest risk.

It follows in the step of Cochrane receiving approval from FRIAA for a $150,000 project that is expected to start late in the spring.