Bushfire ecology and management planning

Fire is a natural phenomenon in the Australian landscape, and critical for the maintenance of biodiversity and ecological processes. The correct management of fire can lead to both a safe bush and good ecological outcomes. Ecosure can assist with bushfire management planning and assessments of bushfire risk that can be used to support planning processes.

Ecosure senior scientists have significant experience in bushfire research and management, contributing to the Southeast Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium and providing bushfire ecology advice to local government planning processes and vegetation restoration projects.

Since European settlement, the Australian public’s relationship with bushfire has been a complex mixture of fear, misunderstanding, intolerance and respect. Australia is the world’s driest and most flammable inhabited continent, and the ecosystems we see today are the product of complex relationships between fire and the plants and animals that have evolved here over millennia. Active fire management by Aboriginal peoples has also shaped the landscape, but this has been supplanted by agriculture, forestry and urban development in much of eastern Australia.

Getting bushfire management right is critical for public safety, asset protection and the environment. Fire can also be a critical part of ecological restoration when used with other methods of vegetation management.

Ecosure can provide high level technical advice on:

  • bushfire risk assessment
  • fuel load estimates
  • bushfire attack level assessments for development applications
  • bushfire management plans
  • optimal burning regimes for ecological outcomes
  • alternative fuel management approaches
  • vegetation surveys for bushfire management
  • impacts of fire on biodiversity
  • responses to bushfire performance criteria within development planning processes
  • use of fire in weed control an ecological restoration.

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