Fires and Burning

Greater gliders: fears of 'catastrophic' consequences from logging in Victoria

Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Gliders listed as threatened by both state and federal governments, but they are not protected by legislation

Greater gliders are threatened by logging in the central highlands of Victoria. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Logging has begun in trees inhabited by the threatened greater gliders in a forest also inhabited by Victoria’s faunal emblem, the threatened Leadbeater’s possum.

Wildlife killed by department burn in fauna reserve

Monday, July 17, 2017

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A planned burn near Stratford had a sad result for a colony of rare New Holland mice.

THE state environment department has defended its fire management practice which led to the incineration of a colony of rare New Holland mice.

In early May, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Forest Five Management Victoria carried out a burn in the Providence Ponds Flora and Fauna Reserve near Stratford.

The reserve is one of only three Victorian places where the endangered New Holland mouse lives.

Sorry state for threatened gliders in Victoria

Monday, June 5, 2017

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Background

Greater Glider populations are suffering across Australia. This is especially so in Victoria where populations in the Central Highlands and East Gippsland are in distress due to – among other reasons – fire and logging eating away at their habitat.

Feral cats, foxes able to easily target native animals after fires burn protective cover

Friday, June 2, 2017

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Foxes are travelling long distances in arid areas to hunt native animals bereft of cover after fires. (Supplied: Bronwyn Hradsky)

Introduced cats and foxes are finding native animals easily exposed by a loss of habitat due to fire and it is pushing some species to extinction.

Research using infrared cameras and GPS trackers is showing the feral animals cover more ground in greater numbers after fires and their diet includes more native species.

Will forest shredders stop fires?

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Putting VicForests as the overseer of these trials has discredited the trial’s integrity right from the start.

Trials are currently underway to assess ‘mechanical fuel reduction’ in our public forests. The details are sketchy but seem to be based on a US practice of using heavy machinery with mulching/shredding capacity to run through native forests turning everything in the lower and mid story into mulch or shredded material. Trees are taken out and sold to mills. In the US this method of ‘fuel reduction’ is driven by the commercial need for bio-char, but is dressed up as ‘fire-safety’. In Australia, burning forests as a method of ‘fuel reduction’ remains an unproven science as a method of keeping communities safe, despite its wide spread use. However there is much research that shows it can be useless to counterproductive and extremely damaging for the natural ecology and wildlife of areas.

Victoria's logging industry faces supply dilemma

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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In 2009, 75,000 ha of Victoria’s forests were burnt in the Black Saturday bushfires. Over a 3rd of that was forests earmarked for the logging industry. The prospect of bushfires are never calculated into long term planning or log contracts with mills. Couple this situation with other bushfires and a history of overlogging and the result is unprecedented environmental destruction and habitat loss, but also a huge shortfall in the logs available to the logging industry.  

In 2013 the Heyfield mill knew their supply would be cut back in 2017.

Responses of invasive predators and native prey to a prescribed forest fire

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Fire shapes biome distribution and community composition worldwide, and is extensively used as a management tool in flammable landscapes. There is growing concern, however, that fire could increase the vulnerability of native fauna to invasive predators.

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