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Adaptive prescribed burning in Australia for the early 21st Century – context, status, challenges

Author(s): Jeremy Russell-Smith, Lachlan McCaw, Adam J. Leavesley
Year Published: 2020

Despite evident advances in knowledge and understanding concerning the application of prescribed burning for delivering benefits in wildfire control and a variety of sociocultural, economic and environmental outcomes, the practical application of prescribed burning in Australia is increasingly administratively and logistically complex, often controversial and climatically challenging. This series of papers does not address the merits or otherwise of prescribed burning - we accept the lessons from antiquity and recent history that the use of prescribed fire in contemporary Australia is essential for reducing, although not always being able to deliver on, wildfire risks and meeting a variety of societal and environmental needs. This special issue focuses on several fundamental adaptive management and monitoring questions: are we setting appropriate management targets? Can these targets and associated indicators be readily measured? Can we realistically deliver on those targets? And if so, what are the costs and/or trade-offs involved? The 10 solicited papers included here provide a sample illustration of the diversity of approaches currently being undertaken in different Australian regions to address complex adaptive management and monitoring challenges.

Citation: Russell-Smith, Jeremy; McCaw, Lachie; Leavesley, Adam J. 2020. Adaptive prescribed burning in Australia for the early 21st century - context, status, challenges. International Journal of Wildland Fire 29(5):305-313. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF20027
Topic(s): Fire Regime, Fire & Fuels Modeling, Management Approaches, Adaptive Management
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 21072
FRAMES RCS number: 61113
Record updated: May 4, 2020