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Walkers ascend Mount Alexander

In perfect Autumn weather seventeen people joined in the second FOBIF walk for the year last Sunday. The loop route on Mount Alexander involved some hard sections including a solid climb from Forest Creek up to the Goldfields Track. Views … Continue reading

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A case study, for your consideration

DELWP completed its management burn at Kemp’s Track in the Fryers Nature Conservation reserve in the last week of March. It was one of four significant department fires in this region. We had a look at the site on April … Continue reading

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The information should be easily available

So: what was the exact fire coverage at Kemp’s track? And what ecological positives and negatives were achieved in the exercise? The Code of Practice requires that ‘Monitoring programs will also focus on: mapping the extent and severity of bushfires … Continue reading

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Dialogues of the deaf 1: two arguments that never meet

Does fuel reduction burning work to reduce fire risk? For fire managers there is no debate. Their practice is governed by assessments of fuel load, and computer modelling of fire behaviour. Managers concede one thing: that some burns are too … Continue reading

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Dialogues of the deaf 2: an example

Tarilta resident Rob Simons sent The Conversation article to local fire managers asking they consider it before undertaking the upcoming Helge Track burn. The reply he got is remarkable, in that it completely ignores the argument of the article: ‘Thanks … Continue reading

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Dialogues of the deaf 3: what’s in a phrase?

The two arguments above have a rough parallel in ecology: Leaf litter is dangerous fuel which builds up and needs to be destroyed by burning. Leaf litter is important insect habitat, which reduces itself via invertebrate activity and natural decomposition. … Continue reading

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Fun reading: is this a flashback, or a flash forward?

Given the spate of gold exploration licences being sought, and granted, in this region, we’d like to remind readers of a fun document which appeared as the pandemic was gathering pace, and may not have gotten the attention it deserved. … Continue reading

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The middle of nowhere, on the outskirts of town

A strong group gathered yesterday in fine weather for FOBIF’s first walk of 2022. Mike Reeves had devised an ingenious route on the outskirts of Elphinstone: confined to a relatively small area, the walk wound through bushland gullies which could … Continue reading

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Strategic fuel breaks 1: the prospects for 2022

As we’ve reported (see our posts, with maps, here, here and here), DELWP is planning to create Strategic Fuel Breaks (SFB) in our region over the next two years. Castlemaine households have been recently letterboxed about this program. Note that … Continue reading

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Strategic Fuel Breaks 2: points of contention

Readers will remember that FOBIF’s major concern is that mulching of high value roadsides will be catastrophic both from a biodiversity and amenity point of view. Further, we are curious about the relationship between the SFB program and the Fire … Continue reading

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