Ausecology Pty Ltd recently conducted a number of prescribed ecological burns in central Queensland. These burns were carried out on behalf of our clients as part of offset management services we provide. Ecological burns aim to reduce fuel loads on the ground layer and restore grasses in areas where shrub layers have thickened due to a lack of fire or due to the effects of wildfire. To keep the fire intensity as low as possible, ignition on these burns is usually late afternoon and the burns often continue late into the night. A good ecological burn, which forms a large part of offset management, has a low flame and scorch height leaving the canopy untouched. Valuable habitat trees and stags, particularly those with hollows, have mitigation actions in place to protect and preserve them (along with any inhabitants) from the impacts of the fire.
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