The committee gratefully acknowledges the Anglesea And District Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank‘s generous sponsorship of the “Roaming Reptiles” appearance at the Wildflower Weekend & Art Show.
Sedges, Rushes and Grasses Workshop
Report on DSE Regional Fire Operations Meeting held on August 17
This meeting, at times very complex, outlined DSE’s approach to planning where and what to burn in the Otway National Park. They are required to burn about 7000 hectares this year.
The sites are governed by the need to protect people and communities, infrastructure, and biodiversity. For further information about the sites please refer to the plan for the next 5 years on the table in the ANGAIR Office. Where it is required to protect communities the Department will have smaller dense burns around townships, the burns will usually be in the spring and about each 6 years. The larger burns, often mosaic, will be in autumn. These burns will be less frequent.
The conservationists at the meeting were concerned about the loss of fauna and flora, particularly kolas. The Department acknowledged this problem hence the mosaic burns. Research is being done by two units, one from the University of Melbourne, looking at the effects of burns on biodiversity.
We pointed out that the knowledge of regional voluntary groups about rare and endangered species was poorly considered in that contractors doing the burns either don’t listen or aren’t told about the need to protect certain areas. DSE agreed to put in place improved communications and mapping.