Fires and Burning


Thursday, April 24, 2003

It wasn't so much the record dry and drought, the changed flammable nature of the forests or the high temperatures and strong winds that caused the huge fires, it was the Greenies!

The blame game has been eagerly played by many who profit from exploiting the land - high country graziers and loggers in particular. Politicians and your average rednecks (journalists included) happily joined in.

Here are some pointers that may help dampen these claims:

Salvage Logging

Friday, April 4, 2003

Widespread salvage logging for 30 years after the 1939 fires had huge ecological impacts. It favoured cutting fire damaged (but living) larger diameter trees. After a fire, generally there will be a return of a healthy multi-staged forest required to provide maximum habitat. Bushfires usually leave a high level of this structural complexity in the forest. Wildfires typically consume less than 10% of the wood. However, salvage logging (clearfelling) will convert the forest to an even aged, plantation-like structure.