Ever wonder what the top bushfires myths commonly believed throughout society are? Created by the Climate Council just before the 2018 bushfire season, this relevant guide clarifies how a changing climate influences wildfires and the impacts they could have on you. Download your guide here.
Here is a link to a great reference document (Reducing the effect of planned burning on hollow bearing trees) created by Victoria's environmental department that provides clear methods and discussion around how to protect hollow bearing trees during planned burns.
Contrary to common belief, some forests get more fire-resistant with age. Phil Zylstra looked at every fire in every forest in the Australian Alps National Parks and found that mature forests are dramatically less likely to burn. Perhaps surprisingly, once a forest is several decades old it becomes one of our best defences against large bushfires.
Fire and Fauna ProtectionLand for Wildlife in South East Queensland has produced an informative note on the way planned fires can impact fauna. This note outlines how a range of species from the region respond to fires and provides advice for landholders managing fire on their properties. Link to the PDF file.
Does pyrodiversity really promote biodiversity? Local knowledge is important when managing fire for plant and animal conservation. An article from the Ecological Society of Australia notes:Read the full article on the ESA website.
- Some studies show that more plant and animal species live in landscapes with a high diversity of fire histories, while others show no such relationship.
- The variation in fire regimes that will promote plant and animal conservation depends on the type of ecosystem.
- Fire management will be most effective when it is guided by local knowledge of plants, animals and and the habitats they depend on.
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