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Fact sheets and resources

NCC Bushfire Conference 2023

Watch the proceedings of the the Bushfire Program's 13th Biennial Bushfire Conference, Managing Bushfire Together: Applying Science, Skills and Stories, held on the 24th-25th of May 2023. 

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Read about the highlights and feedback from the conference.

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Signs of Fire - Measuring Fire Severity

Learn how fire can impact native Australian bushland, the factors that make up a fire regime and hear from NCC ecologist Hannah Etchells about different ways of measuring fire severity in the field, in this short video, produced in 2022.

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Signs of Fauna - What's Living in Your Bushland?

Learn different ways of observing which animals are living in your bushland, including looking out for scats, tracks, habitat structures, feeding signs and more. Also learn about the importance of hollows as a habitat for a range of different species and how best to protect these important assets when managing for fire, in this short video, produced in 2022.

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Monitoring Bushland - Photo Points

Learn about different uses for monitoring in the field, what a photo point is, how to set up a photo point step by step and how to use them to monitor changes in your environment, in this short video, produced in 2022.

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NCC Bushfire Conference 2021 Recordings

Watch the conference proceedings from NCC's 2021 Bushfire Conference, "Cool, Warm, Hot: the burning questions" which examined how different fire intensities can influence ecosystems and communities in a changing climate.

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Flames in the Rainforests: bushfire impacts and restoration in NSW webinar

The lieu of the Bushfire Conference postponed from May 2020 to May 2021, the Bushfire Program hosted a webinar with three leading experts to discuss the impact of the 2019/20 fire season on a range of ecosystems, including our northern rainforests. The live event attracted over 400 participants who heard presentations from Dr Ross Peacock, Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University, Dailan Pugh (OAM), Conservationist, and Dr Tein McDonald (AM), President of the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators. 

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Online Environmental Tools Training Webinar 2019

To add to our last successful webinar series (see below), we have added three new videos on: uploading species sightings to NSW BioNet; reviewing NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service fire history data for public land in Google Earth Pro; and viewing NSW Globe data in Google earth pro, including topographic, land tenure and land and parcel properties data.

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Searching for Threatened Species in Your Area

Knowing which species live in your local area is important when trying to design and manage a garden or community that is friendly to native wildlife. There are many online tools now available that can assist you in discovering these species and our team has produced a series of instructional videos on how to use these tools.

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Bird Friendly Gardens Fact Sheet


Many people live near the bush to be closer to nature, however living near the bush can also bring the risk of bush fire. One way of reducing the risk is a well-designed and maintained garden that acts as an Asset Protection Zone, while also providing habitat for native wildlife. This fact sheet explains how this can be achieved. 

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Primer on Fire Ecology

Fire is a natural component of many Australian ecosystems. This primer outlines the role of fire in these ecosystems and explains how fire can be used to promote, enhance and protect ecological assets. 

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Integrated Fire and Weed Management: African Lovegrass

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African Lovegrass has proven to be a very difficult weed to control. It regrows quickly after fire, outcompeting native species, and it creates a thick thatch when poisoned that inhibits the germination of native species. Current trials at Scheyville and Cattai National Parks in Sydney's West have demonstrated that it is possible to break the dominance of African Love Grass, by combining herbicide and fire treatments. Download our project team’s research findings, titled Using Fire to Manage Priority Weeds in Cumberland Plain Vegetation: African Lovegrass. 

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