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MLA keeps focus on fire management

Understanding the role of fire management on northern pastoral properties is the focus of a new Research Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan being funded by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA). Gay Crowley of Firescape Science leads the team that has been engaged by MLA to design this plan.

The RD&E Plan will examine all documented uses of fire, including improving pasture condition, managing woody weeds and improving carbon storage. It will examine whether fire management options that have been well demonstrated in one area are applicable in other areas.

Gay says that some graziers are reluctant to burn because they are unsure how much rain will fall next wet season and how long it will take for the pastures to recover after fire. Graziers worry about short-term pasture losses and it’s difficult to predict conditions six to 12 months down the track.

Another issue is to understand why fire recommendations based on well-designed research studies are not taken up. Therefore the RD&E Plan will emphasise input from pastoralists and graziers to identity fire management issues themselves and to be part of developing the solutions along with the researchers.

The plan will also map out people, organisations, infrastructure and resources that could be brought together in an integrated program to address regional issues. The aim is then for regional alliances to use the Plan as the basis for applications to various funding bodies to address regional fire management needs.

Pastoralists and graziers can help in the development of this plan by identifying fire management issues in their region through a short on-line survey. There is also a survey for staff involved in grazing extension, Landcare coordination and fire management training (view survey).

A draft of the RD&E Plan should be available for comment in early August. Opportunities to comment on this Plan will be organised through your local extension and Landcare offices. So keep an eye out for an announcement for dates of consultation workshops and be sure to have your say.

Article provided by Gaybriel Crowley, Firescape Science

Image: MLA’s Fire in Northern Grazing Lands RD&E Plan will address fire management issues across all northern pasture zones.
SOURCE:  FutureBeef http://futurebeef.com.au/regions

MLA keeps focus on fire management

Understanding the role of fire management on northern pastoral properties is the focus of a new Research Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan being funded by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA). Gay Crowley of Firescape Science leads the team that has been engaged by MLA to design this plan.

The RD&E Plan will examine all documented uses of fire, including improving pasture condition, managing woody weeds and improving carbon storage. It will examine whether fire management options that have been well demonstrated in one area are applicable in other areas.

Gay says that some graziers are reluctant to burn because they are unsure how much rain will fall next wet season and how long it will take for the pastures to recover after fire. Graziers worry about short-term pasture losses and it’s difficult to predict conditions six to 12 months down the track.

Another issue is to understand why fire recommendations based on well-designed research studies are not taken up. Therefore the RD&E Plan will emphasise input from pastoralists and graziers to identity fire management issues themselves and to be part of developing the solutions along with the researchers.

The plan will also map out people, organisations, infrastructure and resources that could be brought together in an integrated program to address regional issues. The aim is then for regional alliances to use the Plan as the basis for applications to various funding bodies to address regional fire management needs.

Pastoralists and graziers can help in the development of this plan by identifying fire management issues in their region through a short on-line survey. There is also a survey for staff involved in grazing extension, Landcare coordination and fire management training (view survey).

A draft of the RD&E Plan should be available for comment in early August. Opportunities to comment on this Plan will be organised through your local extension and Landcare offices. So keep an eye out for an announcement for dates of consultation workshops and be sure to have your say.

Article provided by Gaybriel Crowley, Firescape Science

Image: MLA’s Fire in Northern Grazing Lands RD&E Plan will address fire management issues across all northern pasture zones.
SOURCE:  FutureBeef http://futurebeef.com.au/regions