Features and Sites
The following section summarizes the recommended best management
practices for burning on karst terrain.
Be sure to check out more detailed information in the Karst
Management Handbook for British Columbia.
Low Vulnerability Areas
The following best management practice is recommended:
- Consider the potential impacts of burning on nearby or adjacent
high vulnerability karst areas (e.g., smoke entering significant
caves can reduce air quality for cave fauna or recreationists,
and discolour delicate formations such as stalactites).
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Moderate Vulnerability Areas
In addition to the recommendations for low vulnerability areas,
the following best management practices are recommended on moderate
- Limit burning to spot, small pile, or light spring broadcast
burns in areas where the soil cover is sufficiently thick to
protect underlying karst
- Use road prisms and/or landings for burning sites.
- Avoid piling and burning slash on exposed epikarst,
or near surface karst features or cave entrances.
- Avoid using chemical fire retardants/suppressants.
- As an alternative to burning, consider accumulating and leaving
slash in small piles located away from exposed epikarst, surface
and cave entrances.
High Vulnerability Areas
In addition to the recommendations for low and moderate vulnerability
areas, the following best management practice is recommended
on high vulnerability areas:
- Broadcast burning should not occur on high vulnerability areas.
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