Bushfire Assessment and Management Services

Bushfire Ecology

Bushfires are an important part of the Australian environment for thousands of years.  Most of Australia’s native flora and fauna evolve to survive bushfire and and rely on it to survive and flourish. 

Many plants in forest, woodland, heathland and grassland ecosystems have adaptations (eg. hard coated seeds, lignotubers, epicormic buds) to enable them to regenerate after a fire. However, some vegetation communities such as rainforests and alpine moss beds and peat bogs have a low tolerance to fire.

Fire regimes (frequency, intensity, season, extent) vary over the landscape and there is a suite of flora and fauna species are associated with each fire regime. 

Annual fires favour grassland communities, while tall eucalypts of the mountain forests of Victoria and Tasmania have seeds that require an intense fire under dry conditions to remove the accumulated organic matter on the forest floor so that the tiny eucalypt seedlings can grow and regenerate the forests.


Bushfire ecology research

Our Company has completed bushfire ecology research with results incorporated into:
  • Relevant Government agencies' policies (eg. national park and reserve managers)
  • Fire management programs

Projects


Our staff have worked on projects where fire is integral for the ongoing persistence of several threatened species, including:
  • Smoky Mouse Pseudomys fumeus
  • Heath Rat Pseudomys shortridgei
  • Broad-tooth Rat Mastacomys fuscus
  • Mallee Emu Wren Stipiturus mallee
  • Ground Parrot Pezoporus wallicus

Contact

For further information, assistance and advice on bushfire ecology contact us on 1300 839 325 or enquire@ehpartners.com.au



Capabilities

  • Assessment and Monitoring of Ecological Processes Associated with Fire
  • Assessment of Appropriate Fire Regimes
  • Fire Management Planning
  • Monitoring of Vegetation Diversity and Richness
  • Assessment and Monitoring of Ecological Processes Associated with Fire
  • Threatened Species and Communities Research



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