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Fire Management within Grassland Ecosystems Forum 2014 Documentation

The Fire Management Within Grassland Ecosystems Forum was be hosted by the City of Salisbury and attended by expert fire management officers, grassland practitioners, researchers and ecologists from around Australia. The aim is to restore and manage temperate and grassy woodland vegetation communities using fire as a restoration technique.

The two day forum brought together over 100 leading professionals to discuss latest practice and share knowledge. It included presentations by leading academics and practitioners on the use of fire as a management tool; panel discussions on burning regimes within grassland ecosystems.


Please feel free to download any of the following presentations. Be aware that some of these files are very large in size and may not be suitable to download to a mobile device.

  1. The Social and Legal Aspects of Using Fire as a Management Tool - Ian Tanner and Tim Groves, DEWNR, Fire Management Officers
  2. Local Fire Management within the Northern Adelaide Plains since 1836 - Joan Gibbs, University of South Australia, Lecturer within the School of Natural and Built Environments

  3. Grasses – the plants that are most like humans in their influence over ecosystems - Tim Low, Biologist, Environmentalist, Author and Photographer

  4. Pros and cons of introducing fire to Grey Box Grassy Woodlands in the Adelaide Hills and implications for management - Randall Johnson Fire Ecologist, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Region, DEWNR

  5. Clarendon case study: Negative perception around fire risk associated with revegetation and how to address this - Shaun Kennedy, SA Water, Project Manager Vegetation Services

  6. The Management of Grassy Ground Cover Project Sites - Fire as a tool in maintaining diversity and influencing vegetation structure - Dr Paul Gibson Roy, Senior Restoration Ecologist, Greening Australia NSW

  7. Broad Scale Regeneration of Grasslands and Landscape Function Using Grazing - Graeme Hand, STIPA Native Grasses Association Inc.

  8. Annual Mosaic Burnings on an Adelaide Hills Property - The why, the when and the how- Bob Myers, Native Grass Resources Group

  9. Review of guidelines of Planned Burning in South Australia and a Tasmanian Program Aiming to Up-skill Private Landholders for Ecological and Hazard Management - Dr Jon Marsden-Smedley, University of Tasmania, Honour Research Fellow, School of Geography and Environmental Studies

  10. Aboriginal Burning - Traditional scientific knowledge - Leanne Liddle Project Coordinator, Office of Premier and Cabinet – Aboriginal Affairs *This PowerPoint contains images of Aboriginal people that may be deceased and these pictures cannot be utilised or copied for any other purposes*

  11. Bushfire management planning in South Australia - Leigh Miller, Director Preparedness Operations, South Australian Country Fire Service

  12. Why Fire and Kangaroo Grass (Themeda) Grasslands Go Hand in Hand - Management & restoration implications - Dr John Morgan, La Trobe University, School of Science, Technology and Engineering

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