Project Helps Protect Property From Wildfires
Pinebluff has partnered with Environmental Impact Resource, Conservation and Development Inc. and the N.C. Division of Forest Resources (NCDFR) to implement a project that will protect private property by reducing the impacts of wildfires in the area.
Wildfires occur all over the United States, and the impacts of such fires can sometimes be reduced or eliminated by taking preventive measures, a news release said.
The Pinebluff project will establish a defensible area against fire between residential areas and town-owned property on the south side of town.
Grant funds will be provided by the NCDFR Firewise Program and will be used by the town to cut and control thick fire carrying vegetation on a 10-acre section of land south of Boston Avenue. Prescribed burning will eventually be performed to keep forest litter from building back up to hazardous levels.
Firewise is a national program that focuses on creating defensible space and safe access for homes in the wild land urban interface so in the event of wildfire the chances of survival are much greater, the news release said. Grants received can be used for assessing the current wildfire hazard in a community, the prescribed removal of hazardous fuel, and other identified mitigation.
Environmental Impact Resource, Conservation and Development Inc. is a local nonprofit natural resources and community development organization serving Lee, Moore, Montgomery, Richmond and Anson counties.
It has developed and implemented more than 250 projects in the last 25 years and provided project planning and grant-writing assistance to the town of Pinebluff for this project.
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