|Fighting (bush)fire with (prescribed)fire in the Top End|
Photo: John Morgan
An excellent report on the ABC's Background Briefing went to air a few days ago where prominent fire ecologists - including Mike Clarke, Andrew Bennett, Ian Lunt, Kevin Tolhurst - talk about the ecological implications of setting targets for burning. It seems to me this is an arguement about "quantity versus quality" of prescribed burning and how asset protection needs to be weighed up with ecological impacts. It is well worth listening to. Follow this link - http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/2012-02-19/3829372 - to download the audio file. Questions we might ask ourselves include: does fuel reduction burning work to reduce the size, frequency and intensity of bushfires? What evidence is there that fuel reduction burning impacts (positively, negatively, neutrally) on native ecosystems? Which are the most resilient ecosystems to fuel reduction burning and why?