Prescribed burning to increase the richness of long-unburned and fragmented mallee communities

fire on KI

Date & time

12.30–1.30pm 6 August 2018


Fenner Seminar Room
Frank Fenner Bld
141 Linnaeus Way, ANU


David Taylor


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Fire regimes have been altered by human activity around the world. In eastern Kangaroo Island (KI) in South Australia, the frequency of fire has decreased and the species richness of fragmented remnant plant communities is declining. Land managers in this area are considering reintroducing fire, but the effects of such an intervention are uncertain. This thesis explores solutions to this problem by experimentally testing the effect of 35 prescribed burns (conducted at a range of intensities and in two different burn seasons) in long-unburned and fragmented vegetation remnants across eastern KI. The findings are applicable to mallee and other fire-prone ecosystems that support substantial seedbanks.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the speaker

David Taylor has worked on natural resource management projects, primarily in NSW and SA, for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience delivering large habitat re-establishment, fire management and threatened species recovery programs in a range of ecosystems. He currently managers fire programs in the Blue Mountains and is the director of the non-profit environmental organisation Bio.

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