Fire management on private conservation lands : knowledge, perceptions and actions of landholders in eastern Australia

Halliday, Lucy G., Castley, J. Guy, Fitzsimons, James A., Tran, Cuong and Warnken, Jan 2012, Fire management on private conservation lands : knowledge, perceptions and actions of landholders in eastern Australia, International journal of wildland fire, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 197-209, doi: 10.1071/WF10148.

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Title Fire management on private conservation lands : knowledge, perceptions and actions of landholders in eastern Australia
Author(s) Halliday, Lucy G.
Castley, J. Guy
Fitzsimons, James A.ORCID iD for Fitzsimons, James A.
Tran, Cuong
Warnken, Jan
Journal name International journal of wildland fire
Volume number 21
Issue number 3
Start page 197
End page 209
Total pages 13
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic.
Publication date 2012-05
ISSN 1049-8001
Keyword(s) biodiversity conservation
conservation covenant
ecological process
private landholder
Tenure reserve networks
wildfire management
urban interface
protected areas
bushfire risk
Summary Fire is an important natural disturbance process within the Australian landscape, but the complex and hazardous nature of fire creates a conservation management dilemma. For landholders of private conservation lands, management for conservation of biodiversity and risk reduction is complicated. Private conservation landholders in eastern Australia directed far less effort towards fire management than other conservation management actions, despite clearly acknowledging the risk and associated responsibilities of fire management on their lands. Nonetheless, landholders did undertake actions to reduce fuel hazards and prepare for wildfire events on their land. Despite the established role and benefits of fire to many ecosystems in the region, landholder understanding of the ecological role of fire was generally poor. Few landholders were aware of ecologically appropriate fire regimes for the vegetation types on their property, and few undertook fire management actions to achieve ecological outcomes. Site-specific obstacles, lack of fire management knowledge and experience, and legal and containment concerns contributed to the low level of fire management observed. There is a need for property-specific fire management planning across all private conservation lands, to further integrate ecological fire requirements into biodiversity management, and prioritise actions that aim to improve conservation outcomes while safeguarding life and property.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/WF10148
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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