The need for proactive fire management in the WA rangelands was the main message reiterated at the second annual Rangelands Fire Forum in February 2015. The forum was coordinated by Rangelands NRM and held at the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife (Kensington office).
Thirty-three representatives from a cross-section of the NRM community continued discussions to manage wildfires across the WA rangelands at a landscape scale and to share their knowledge and experience.
The aim of the 2015 fire forum was to ‘test’ the draft Guiding Principles for fire management in the WA rangelands document which resulted from the 2014 forum.
Workshop presentations included:
- Prescribed Fuel Reduction ‘ legal considerations, Ralph Smith,WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services
- Guiding Principles Rangelands Bushfire Regions, Neil Burrows, Director, Science Division, WA Department of Parks and Wildlife
- Desert Bushfire Region: Lorna Glen (Matuwa) case study, Ryan Butler & Neil Burrows, WA Department of Parks and Wildlife
- Kimberley Land Council Prescribed Burning Program, Richard Geddes and Owen Bangu, Kimberley Land Council
- NAFI : A potential monitoring and planning tool for WA Rangelands, Peter Jacklyn Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research. Charles Darwin University
- Nifty Copper Mine – fire interests, Michael Robinson, Environmental Manager at Birla Nifty Copper Operation
- Carbon as a potential funding mechanism for change in the rangelands, David Galloway, ferart
- Communicating about fire, Gareth Catt, Fire management Officer, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa – trailer of full length video produced Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa Martu Cultural Knowledge Program on fire management to look after the land.
Read more about the 2015 Fire Forum in Rangelands eNews March 2015.