Supporting and communicating applied subtropical fire research - 2015 Biennial Bushfire Conference
On May 26th and 27th 2015 the Nature Conservation Council of NSW hosted the 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference. The theme of the conference was “Fire and Restoration: working with fire for healthy lands.” The conference was well attended and showcased a range of keynote speakers and interesting topics. The Tuesday Keynote Speakers were Professor Lesley Hughes of Macquarie University and Climate Council of Australia and Bruce Pascoe, a Speaker/Writer and author of Dark Emu. Professor Lesley Hughes delivered a very interesting talk on setting the scene: climate change and the changing fire risk for NSW. He presented upwards trends of the number of days of extreme heat and observed increase in the forest fire danger index particularly in the south eastern part of the country. Mr Pascoe spoke about Aboriginal agriculture and land management.
Wednesday Keynote Speaker was Adjunct Professor Jeremy Russell-Smith, of the Charles Darwin University. Adjunct Professor Russell-Smith spoke about fire management business in Australia's tropical savannas.
Sam Lloyd, Manager South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (SEQFBC) also presented a talk in the session entitled “Where do we go from here?”. Sam gave a brief overview of how the SEQFBC research student program (that is coordinated and funded by the SEQFBC) is supporting and communicating applied subtropical fire research. The talk was followed by many enthusiastic questions, lots of positive feedback and requests for further information, an excellent result.
Some of the other presentations include:
• Managing fire for nature conservation in sub-tropical woodlands, Emma Burgess (University of Queensland)
• Combining science and fire to restore the habitat of a rare bird: a case study from north-eastern NSW, Dr Elizabeth Tasker (NSW Office of Environment & Heritage)
• Navigating terminology: When is fire a tool for 'maintaining' vs 'restoring' ecosystems?, Dr Tein McDonald (Tein McDonald & Associates)
• Setting the scene: climate change and the changing fire risk, Professor Lesley Hughes (Macquarie University, Climate Council of Australia)
• The management of restored grassy ground cover sites: Fire as a tool in maintaining diversity and influencing vegetation structure, Dr Paul Gibson-Roy (Greening Australia)
There are 34 presentations and transcripts available free to download.
Read more: http://www.nature.org.au/healthy-ecosystems/bushfire-program/conferences/
We would like to acknowledge the contribution of Fireland Consultancy for providing additional funding for the scholarship program for the past two years.