Fires and Burning

Interactions between the superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) and fire in south-eastern Australia

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Context: The superb lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae is thought to be an important ecosystem engineer that, through its foraging, accelerates the decomposition of litter in Eucalyptus forests. Lyrebird foraging is therefore likely to affect forest fuel loads and hence fire behaviour in these fire-prone forests. In turn, fire is likely to reduce the abundance and influence the distribution of lyrebirds.

There’s an urge to fuel reduction burn, but not to learn

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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FOR three years the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission’s independent monitor Neil Comrie has strongly advised the Victorian Government to abandon o

Victoria’s logged landscapes are at increased risk of bushfire

Monday, August 25, 2014

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Forests logged in the past two decades burned more severely the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. AAP Image/Andrew Brownbill

Victoria’s forest management policies need to be urgently reviewed in response to the discovery that logging can contribute to the severity of bushfires in wet forests, like the devastating fires on Black Saturday in February 2009.

Burnoff policies could be damaging habitats for 100 years

Friday, August 8, 2014

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Burnoffs in the mallee region of Victoria

Burnoffs in the mallee region of Victoria may have done lasting damage to the environment. Peter Teasdale.

The smell of smoke in the autumn and spring air is an increasingly familiar one to many Australians. It signifies that time of year when land management agencies in southern Australia feverishly try to meet their burning targets.

Logging can 'greatly increase' fire severity for 50 years, researchers say

Monday, August 4, 2014

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Logging practices can "greatly increase the severity of fires" in extreme weather conditions such as Black Saturday, Australian researchers have said.

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) and Melbourne University examined hundreds of thousands of trees burnt in the 2009 bushfires in Victoria, which claimed the lives of 173 people on a day of extreme temperatures and high winds.

Little marsupial diggers may hold key to preventing bushfires

Monday, June 30, 2014

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The tiny marsupials who spend their nights digging for truffles on the forest floor could be holding together ecosystems in ways scientists are only beginning to understand.

TAKING AN EARLY MORNING walk through the scrubby forest in Tasmania's south-east, Professor Chris Johnson from the University of Tasmania can tell if the local bandicoots and bettongs have been hard at work the night before.

These little marsupials, looking a bit like kangaroos in miniature, spend all night digging for dinner on the forest floor. But it is not the foraging pits that these little diggers leave that gives them away, but a lack of crunching dead leaves underfoot.

Planned burns are destroying habitat of endangered cockatoos

Monday, April 7, 2014

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Large parts of habitat critical to the survival of the endangered south-eastern red-tailed black cockatoo have been burnt, as part of planned burning programs by the state's environment department.