Prescribed burning

Fire managers in mallee country

On a warm, cloudless October afternoon, a dozen firefighters and park rangers from distant parts of Victoria and New South Wales wander about a thick area of mallee scrubland south of Mildura, waving small, plastic-coated fold-out guides to the flora of the area while uttering what to the uninitiated might sound like the coded mantras of a secret society.

Leading them is Dr Miguel Cruz, a scientist with the CSIRO’s Bushfire Dynamics and Applications group in Canberra and a Bushfire CRC researcher.

Climate and recent fire history affect fuel loads in Eucalyptus forests: Implications for fire management in a changing climate

T. D. Penman and York, A., Climate and recent fire history affect fuel loads in Eucalyptus forests: Implications for fire management in a changing climate, Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 260, no. 10, pp. 1791 - 1797, 2010.

High Country Forum

A two-day forum on Fire in the High Country attracted 110 people in May 2010. The forum was held at the Lake Hume resort in Albury and featured much Bushfire CRC research from the HighFire Project as well as other Bushfire CRC research related to the issue.  Positive feedback from the attendees reinforced the success of the forum.

This forum presented the latest research findings to operational fire managers with the aim of raising awareness and providing opportunities for researchers and operational fire managers to interact and discuss the major issues.

Savanna Burning Day

Tropical savanna burning research was on show in September as part of the annual conference.

Participants at the Bushfire CRC/AFAC annual conference were given the opportunity to see Top End science in action with a series of field trips to research sites.

More 70 people attended to field days after the main conference program ended with visits to the Territory Wildlife Park, Litchfield National Park, and the Adelaide River Wetlands.

Environmental Impact of Prescribed and Wildfire - Emissions Management

Prescribed fires over large forest areas are essential to reduce the risk of large-scale bushfires, particularly in forests near population centres and important forest assets such as water catchments and commercial plantations. However, prescribed fires release emissions and reduce forest carbon stock. It has been widely recognised that prescribed fires reduce loads of leaf litter, yet fire impacts on other major carbon pools such as overstorey trees, shrubs, ground cover, coarse woody debris and soil organic matter has not been well documented for southern Australian forests.

Social Constructs of Fuels in the interface 2

This pilot research project applied the innovative process of ‘place mapping’. This new approach for the fire and land management industry allows agencies to better understand how communities in rural/urban areas perceive native vegetation in the context of their landscape. It can help agencies to understand why communities might oppose prescribed burning and may not undertake fire mitigation measures.

The research team of Associate Professor Ruth Beilin and Dr Karen Reid developed a multi-layered, place-mapping exercise to interpret everyday landscapes.


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