Reports & Resources

Air Quality

Climate Change, GHG Emissions Reduction, Energy

SSCAS Reports

* A 5-year review of the Air Quality Management Plan is presently underway. To be completed by March 31, 2014.

Transportation Reports

Wood Burning

Zero Waste


Presentations and Workshops

SSCAS hosts Burn-It-Smart workshops to showcase proper wood burning techniques that result in decreases in air pollution. Contact us to find out how to have a Burn-It-Smart workshop in your community – email the woodstove exchange coordinator:

Download the Burn-It-Smart presentation slides here (pdf).

SSCAS delivered a presentation on recent and planned activities to the Howe Sound Community Forum in January 2011.

Download the HSCF presentation here (pdf).

SSCAS delivered a presentation to the Village of Pemberton council regarding the Woodstove Exchange program in February 2011.

Download the Pemberton presentation here (pdf).


This 3 minute video provides a good overview of local air quality monitoring. It’s based in Port Alberni, but the explanation of the process can be translated to communities across BC. Check it out >>>


Air Quality Data and Reporting

The SSCAS is in the process of developing an air quality primer for our airshed. In the meantime, please visit the Air Quality page for links to full reports and other data.


Resources for School Curriculum

The links provide curricula development options, games, and other tools.

Wood Burning Guidelines



  • Start with the right sized wood
  • Split wood dries faster
  • Split the wood in a range of sizes to fit your stove, but no larger than 6 inches in diameter
  • Split small pieces for kindling


  • Stack wood to allow air to circulate
  • Build the stack away from buildings
  • Keep wood off the ground. Stack it on rails
  • Stack wood in a single row with the split side down


  • Cover the top of the stack to protect it from rain or snow
  • Make sure there is space between the cover and the stacked wood – don’t let the cover rest directly on top
  • Keep the sides open so air can circulate through the stack


  • Allow enough time to dry
  • Softwoods take about 6 months
  • Hardwoods take about 12 months
  • Cracked ends on the wood typically means it is dry enough to burn

Source: EPA, Wet Wood Is A Waste


Clean and Efficient Heating Checklist

Burning dry firewood can save money and protect you and your family’s health. A properly installed and operated wood-burning stove should produce little smoke.

  • Start a small fire with dry kindling then add a few pieces of wood.
  • Give the fire plenty of air – fully open the air controls until the fire is roaring.
  • Burn the fire to heat the chimney or flue before adding more wood.
  • Keep space between the firewood as you add more to the fire.
  • Check for local burn bans and avoid fireplace and wood stove use while in effect.
  • Avoid burning garbage, treated lumber, or saltwater driftwood. Burning these items can damage your stove and cause serious health issues.
  • Have your stove and chimney professionally inspected and serviced yearly if possible.
  • If available, refer to your owner’s manual for start-up guidelines.
  • A smoldering fire, “dirty” glass doors, or smoke from the chimney are all signs
  • that the fire needs more air or
  • your wood is too moist.


Wood Smoke and Your Health

Small particles and pollutants in wood smoke can trigger asthma attacks. Wood smoke has also been linked to heart attacks in people with heart disease.

Even occasional exposure to wood smoke can cause watery eyes, stuffy noses and chest tightness. Everyone may experience symptoms, but children and elders are especially vulnerable.

Is your wood dry? Take the moisture meter test.

Wet wood can create excessive smoke which is wasted fuel. Moisture meters that allow you to test the moisture level in wood are available in all sizes and can cost as little as $20. Properly dried wood should have a reading of 20% or less. Dry wood creates a hotter fire. Hotter fires save wood – ultimately saving you time and money.