26 May, 2015

Fire Fauna and Ferals: from backyards to bush 2017 Bushfire Conference, Sydney, May 30-31

More than 250 land managers, researchers and fire management specialists have registered for the 2017 Bushfire Conference that will be held in Sydney next week (May 31-June 1).

The conference is the largest of its kind in Australia and draws together researchers and land managers from across NSW and beyond. The key themes this year include:

  • the latest in managing fire risk at the urban/bushland fringe;
  • fire management as a tool for conservation and managing weeds and feral animals;
  • interactions of fire, native animals, and their habitat; and
  • community perceptions about fire management.

“Since our first conference in 1994, the experience of ecologists and land managers using fire for restoration has grown immensely,” Nature Conservation Council spokesman Rob Pallin said.

“We have progressed from the days when fire management was primarily about protecting life and property. While this remains the central objective, fire management now considers the impacts of wildfires and hazard reduction on wildlife and Aboriginal cultural heritage, as well as the use of fire to restore degraded landscapes.

“Next week’s conference offers natural resource managers a unique synthesis of the latest research by some of the nation’s leading fire academics and practical insights from highly experienced fire and land managers.

“The quality and professionalism of the conference program has helped establish the Nature Conservation Council as a leading voice in bushfire ecology. Conference organiser Michelle Rose has assembled an outstanding line-up of more than 30 speakers, including:

  • Ross Bradstock (University of Wollongong) Coexistence with fire at the interface: sensitivities, opportunities and impediments
  • Justin Leonard (CSIRO) What is Community Bushfire Adaptation?
  • Chris Dickman, (Sydney University) Fire, feral and native animal interactions: perspectives from central Australia

What:                   Gathering of bushfire academics, fire authorities and land managers

When:                 Tuesday-Wednesday, May 30-31

Where:                 NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills

Who:                     Convened by the NSW Nature Conservation Council

Details:                Full program attached.

Media:                  James Tremain, 0419 272 254


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