the fire hazard reduction program

To: 'John Leonard' <>, Birding-aus <>
Subject: the fire hazard reduction program
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2013 11:15:34 +1000
I would have thought that the reason we can't maintain the same level of 
burning as pre 1788 is that these days so much more effort has to go into 
controlling them to avoid property damage. I assume that care was taken to 
choose the right weather conditions, and then the fires were just left to burn 
themselves out.

Peter Shute

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> John Leonard
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> I think the basic problem is that pre 1788 you had a large 
> workforce of people on land managing it the whole time by 
> mosaic burning. Since then the workforce on the land has 
> dwindled to such an extent that such a burning regime is now 
> impossible and all that can be achieved are very small scale 
> conservation burns, when funding, and wisdom, is available, 
> and cosmetic and destructive 'hazard reduction burns' which 
> are haphazard.

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