That's great. Thank you. It's a good question.
The industry has been concerned with it for some time. I worked in the industry about 15 years ago, and a slope stability expert was required on staff to do the engineering layout.
In the face of climate change it needs to be further considered, in particular in the community I'm from—I'm from the west coast of Canada— because we are seeing precipitation events, what we call flash-year systems, that occur less often but with more precipitation. Can those systems withstand water inundation? Looking at how you design the culvert sizes, your roads, the layout of your block, etc., is extremely important.
We have expertise through Forest Products Innovations, FPI, a group across Canada that is looking at the engineering innovation side and at adaptation moving forward.
I encourage companies and regions to do baseline studies. I think the point raised by my colleague here is to allow allowing some of those systems to use their natural flood plains and understanding what those are. Having some of those baseline assessments will help determine whether that was naturally occurring, either because of climate change or because of certain developments in the watershed. Having a clear sense of why those...if you have runoff or sediment or washouts, things like that.
We're now finding, and are involved in some research at the University of Waterloo and Trent and others on, post-catastrophic fire. Those watersheds are not.... There are issues for clean drinking water. Is there an opportunity for us to understand that dynamic system naturally, and then how we can conduct forest management so that we mitigate the risk of catastrophic fire and then flooding.
I think it's a good point. I think a lot of work is being done. I'd be happy to follow up with specific changes that may have happened recently.