The latest Gottstein Fellow report is from Mr Mick Stephens on ‘Active forest fire management for multiple landscape benefits in the United States and Canada’. Mr Stephens believes that Australia can learn from the fire management programs being run in the United States and Canada. The United States has implemented active forest fire management programs which have targeted fuel reduction as a major priority via a combination of prescribed burning and mechanical thinning, with many benefits being achieved. By removing excess trees, undergrowth and fine fuels, these benefits have included more fire-resilient ecological conditions, improved habitat, job creation and the commercial use of excess biomass.
The report can be found at: http://www.gottsteintrust.org/html/reports/catalog.htm or downloaded here.