Forum on fire and forestry

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Forum on Fire and Forestry
10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Saturday 17 August
at the Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre: Building X, Room 130.
University of Tasmania Newham Drive

More Tasmanians live in and on the edges of the bush than any of their state counterparts. We have always lived with fire but the intensity and frequency of fires is getting worse.

Join The Australia Institute Tasmania in the first of a series of events looking at fire. This first seminar will look at fire and how it interacts with previously logged areas.

This forum will include:

Mapping of 2015/16 and 2018/19 fires: What does it show us about the effect of previous clearing? – Sean Cadman, member of the Forest Stewardship Council International

Sean Cadman’s’ latest work uses spatial analysis to look for patterns in the response of broad-scale vegetation types to fires in the 2015/16 and 2018/19 fire seasons, noting that the existing climatic pre-conditions for these years was quite different. Early results show the dramatic impact associated with and on silvicultural regeneration.

Did logging contribute to the severity of bushfires in Victoria’s Black Saturday fires? – Chris Taylor, Australian National University

Chris Taylor from the Australian National University will discuss his 2014 report that found the logging of Victoria’s forest could have contributed to the severity of bushfires in wet forests, like the devastating fires on Black Saturday in February 2009.

The complexities of fire management in Tasmania – Prof David Bowman, UTAS

Tasmania is a microcosm of the challenges of fire management in a rapidly heating world. On the one hand, bushfire is an integral ecological component of some landscapes, shaped by 35,000 year of indigenous fire use. On the other, fire has the capacity to destroy the surviving Gondwanan vegetation, a key feature of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Infrastructure and settlements are vulnerable to destruction being intermixed with flammable vegetation, yet this bushland provides amenity and biodiversity values. Achieving sustainable fire management demands close engagement with communities, a sophisticated reading of landscape history and ecology, and working through multifaceted, trade-offs. Fundamentally there are no simple solutions.

August 17, 2019 at 10:30am - 12:30pm
Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, Building X, Room 130
University of Tasmania Newham Drive
Newnham, TAS 7248
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