War on the environment nears crisis

Subject: War on the environment nears crisis
From: David McDonald <>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 17:52:55 +1100
The article Alastair has posted does not contain the source. It is the second of two excellent contributions by David Horton; references follow. I strongly recommend the first as well. It seeks to refute the twin arguments that (1) Aboriginal people burned the bush and in so doing created the present environments and so we should resume a regime of burning and (2) Australian woodlands and forests are 'fire adapted' and even benefit from fire. We will need these types of data and arguments if we are to preserve bird habitats from those who want to burn and log the woodlands and forests in the name of 'hazard reduction'.

The articles are:
Horton, D 2003, 'Why it's wrong to fight fire with more fire', Canberra Times, 13 February, p. 23;

Horton, D 2003, 'War on the environment nears crisis' Canberra Times, 17 February 2003

Horton's 1982 article remains a valuable source: Horton, DR 1982, 'The burning question: Aborigines, fire and Australian ecosystems', Mankind, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 237-51.


At 12:33 PM 18/02/2003 +1100, wrote:
While searching on the web last night for news of the latest HANZAB launch
(which by the way, I didn't find anything) I found this interesting article.
While not purely bird related I post it with the assumption it may be of
interest to other birding-aus subscribers
Publisher: The Canberra Times
Publication: The Canberra Times , Page 13 (Mon 17 Feb 2003)
Keywords: Australia (4) Birds (1)
Edition: CT
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