Saturday, April 30, 2022

Want to Play in the Lake?

                                                                                                               Image: Ron Lyster, 2021

Are you looking for an excuse to get out on the lake? If so, we hope you will join us and volunteer for the Lac Le Jeune Lake Monitoring Program. This initiative helps measure the health of our two lakes by lowering a probe into the lake to capture information like temperature and dissolved oxygen!

The old adage rings true - many hands make light work! So, with just a few more community volunteers, the time commitment of each person will be less than 2-3 hours per year!  The good news is that the fabulous Hugh Burton is planning a brief orientation session in the coming weeks (date and times to be finalized) and he will teach you everything you hoped to learn and more! 

If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail with your phone number and preferred e-mail address and we will notify you when the orientation is happening!

Sunday, April 10, 2022

FireSmart Colouring Contest

Crayon Tips by chrismetcalfTV 

For those with kiddies at home, the TNRD library has partnered with FireSmart for their April colouring contest for kids 12 and under! The contest features Ember, the FireSmart BC mascot!  You can pick up colouring sheets at your local branch and enter for a chance to win an Ember plush toy by showing a completed colouring page to staff at the library desk.

Friday, April 8, 2022

FireSmart: It Starts at Home!

At a community level, we are working to reduce the risk of wildfires, but did you know that FireSmart offers helpful steps that you can take right in your own back yard? As we are all itching to get outdoors this time of year, we thought there was no better time to walk you through each of the four FireSmart zones (Fig.1). 

Figure 1: FireSmart Zones - Credit FireSmart - Click image to enlarge

Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing simple steps in each of the zones to help reduce your wildfire risk. This week we’re starting with the non-combustible zone - this is the area 0 – 1.5 m from your home. Why worry about this zone? Well, those embers falling from the sky might seem small, but did you know that 50% of home fires caused by wildfires start with sparks and embers? Regular work around your home (e.g., cleaning up wood debris, leaves and other flammable items) can make all the difference!  FireSmart invites you to consider things like your roof, chimney, gutters, eaves & vents, siding, windows, doors, decks and fences/outbuildings and offers some simple, low-cost steps you can take to reduce your risk (Fig. 2 below)!

Figure 2: Non-Combustible Zone, Credit FireSmart - Click image to enlarge

Well, that should keep you busy for a few weeks! Stay tuned for more tips from FireSmart. 

Don’t want to wait until our next tip? Check out the FireSmart site and download the FireSmart Begins at Home Manual  (PDF) and get all the juicy details yourself! The manual outlines the steps you can take at home to reduce the risk of wildfire and even offers a FireSmart home assessment.