3 results for tag: Prescribed Burning


Industrial logging linked to frequency and severity of fire

5 March 2010 - Reporter: Gregg Borschmann http://www.abc.net.au/rn/breakfast/stories/2010/2837143.htm One year on from the Black Saturday fires in Victoria, many Australians, and the Bushfires Royal Commission, are still trying to explain the ferocity of the blaze that claimed 173 lives and burned more than 450,000 hectares. The idea that the Australian bush burns the way it always has is being challenged by David Lindemayer, a professor of forest and wildlife management at the Australian National University. Lindenmayer has been working in the Victorian forests for almost 30 years, and he says the latest research indicates that logging a forest ...

Forest logging creates fire traps: academic

4/03/2010   http://www.industrysearch.com.au/Features/Forest-logging-creates-fire-traps-academic-4857     Decades of industrial logging in Australia's wet forests have made them more fire prone, raising urgent fire management issues, according to an ANU academic. - Martyn Pearce, ANU Media Professor David Lindenmayer of the Fenner School of Environment and Society challenges current fire protection practices in the March issue of Australasian Science magazine. "Much discussion focuses on how to best protect human lives and built assets," Professor Lindenmayer writes. "But management also needs to counter the effects of past forestry ...

Receding gums: What ails Australia’s iconic trees?

16 September 2010 by Wendy Zukerman  New Scientist Magazine issue 2777 http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20727772.200-receding-gums-what-ails-australias-iconic-trees.html Eucalyptus trees are dying all over Australia. To save them, we might have to learn to play with fire PICTURE an Australian landscape and the scene you conjure up will almost certainly be one graced by gum trees. Eucalyptus has colonised just about every corner of the country, from the forests that fringe the sandy beaches of Australia's southern shores, to the baking heat of the outback. Which makes it all the more alarming that across the country, swathes of gum trees ...