Wildfire Risk Reduction at Fort Walsh National Historic Site

The objective of this project is to reduce the risk of wildfire at Fort Walsh National Historic Site (NHS) by lowering potential wildfire intensity and rates of spread. The absence of fire and the maturity of the forest around the fort site has resulted in the accumulation of ladder fuels, old or dying mature trees and downed woody material. Strategic fuel reduction will reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire impacting public safety, visitor experience, and cultural values at the site. Fuel reduction efforts to reduce this risk have been on-going at Fort Walsh since 2008. The areas proposed for treatment in the current 2023-2026 Fire Risk Reduction Plan will cover 26.2 ha over 3 years and have been prioritized according to fuels present and proximity to assets/cultural resources. Proposed work will reduce conifer aerial fuels to create breaks in canopy without discriminating towards a single age class and reduce ladder fuels and snags. On-going site maintenance will occur along the Battle Creek Fuel Break and throughout the previously thinned areas at Fort Walsh.

Latest update

April 27, 2024 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from March 28 - April 27, 2024 - March 28, 2024


Fort Walsh National Historic Site
Fort Walsh, Maple Creek No. 111, SK
P.O. Box 278
Maple Creek, Saskatchewan S0N 0P0
Telephone: 306-662-2645 or 1-888-773-8888
Fax: 306-662-3590
Email: fort.walsh@pc.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Fort Walsh National Historic Site of Canada (Saskatchewan)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Forestry
    • Remediation and conservation
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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