Bushfire and our habitat

Subject: Bushfire and our habitat
From: Rob Geraghty <>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 01:55:59 -0700 (PDT)
--- On Wed, 10/29/08, Evan Beaver <> wrote:
> aside, can anyone comment on this statement:
> "Bushfires are an integral part of the Australian
> ecosystem."
Aborigines shaped the Australian ecosystem through fire over thousands of 
years.  Fire from lightning strikes has also had an influence.  As a result, 
many species of native plants cannot reproduce without fire.

Check out the work of Tim Flannery e.g.

Many of the horrendous wildfires we have experienced have been due to the 
excessive buildup of fuel by eliminating bushfires.  There are areas of 
Australia where areas are burned in a controlled fashion according to 
Aboriginal tradition.  It helps to regenerate the ecosystem - but only in this 
controlled fashion.  The horrible crown fires such as the one which raged 
through Namadgi National Park and continued into Canberra to destroy over 500 
homes was the result of poor forest management.

Controlled burning would not release as much CO2 as uncontrolled wildfire.

It's the millions of tons of oil, coal and gas we consume that we should be 
concerned about, not bushfires.


PS I just read someone else's response and yes, obviously not all habitats in 
Australia require fires, especially closed canopy rainforest!


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