Over four years, from 2013 to 2017, before retiring from teaching university-based journalism, I worked in the field with an ecologist and her Masters of Science students. We were using remote cameras and other data collection techniques, at my rain-forest wildlife refuge in Kangaroo Valley (NSW).
Though I had seen them thirty years ago, we found no apex predator, the native quoll (Eastern Quoll and the Tiger Quoll [extinct]). However – there were foxes, feral cats, European rats, and mice, galore. This was bad, as the apex predator (the native quoll) is crucial to forest management and indicative to ecological health. This data also showed that there were few native herbivores keeping the forest floor trimmed. My wildlife refuge is surrounded on three sides by a huge nature reserve, proclaimed in 1937, so in theory, it should be fairly clean of feral animals. Continue reading “Forests, Fuel, Fires and Fauna – Ignorance Increases Bushfire Risk”
According to an article in The Weekend Australian 11-12.1.2020, page 13, CSIRO bushfire expert David Packman, speaking on Sky News, said that fuel loads for fires are10 times greater than before European settlement and that there is urgent need to reducefuel loads on the bush floor through control burns (also called prescribed burning – or backburning when done in an emergency). Continue reading “Fuel Loads for Fires are 10 Times Greater than before European Settlement”
If you want to witness cases of scientific illiteracy, selfishness and hypocrisy, look no further than the attitudes, actions and comments from a number of banking personnel. When it comes to uninformed opinions about climate change and the lack of concern about delivering affordable energy to the poor in developing countries, some of them appear to have no equal.
Green Folly locked up 11% of Australia in a tinder-box of bushfire fuel, much of which is now burnt or burning.
Green Folly closed forest tracks and gates, expelled foresters and timber-workers and prevented property owners from removing flammable fuel from their own land and adjacent roads, parks and forests. Those responsible for these follies should face Class Action. Continue reading “Fires Expose Green Folly”
The notion that the world’s fate hinges on four one hundredths of one per cent of a gas that has never been known to force anything more than a champagne cork was imaginative, but absurd; that this could be parlayed into a realistic attempt by the UN to acquire a Sovereign State – and thereby political relevance – is truly frightening.
Professor David Bellamy OBE died recently at the age of 86 and it’s fair to say he goes down in history as one of the first victims sacrificed on the altar of the new religion of climate change.
David Bellamy was a prolific broadcaster, respected authority on botany of the natural world. He wrote and appeared in, or presented, hundreds of television programs on botany, ecology, environmentalism and other issues. But was ultimately disowned by the BBC, never to appear again within their hallowed halls once his declared stance against the new religion of CAGW became known.
I never met him but we corresponded and both appeared on an Australian TV interview. He was very interested in our green sheep, see:
Ah, better the thud of the deadly gun,
and the crash of the bursting shell,
Than the terrible silence where drought is fought
out there in the western hell;
And better the rattle of rifles near,
or the thunder on deck at sea,
Than the sound — most hellish of all to hear —
of a fire where it should not be. Continue reading “The Bush Fire – Henry Lawson, 1905”
by Viv Forbes, Executive Director, The Saltbush Club
There was a time when Australian foresters kept Australian forests safe and productive. They maintained access tracks bridges and fire breaks, undertook prescribed burning, cleared flammable litter from the forest floor, cut suckers, manned fire lookouts and maintained their own fire-fighting crews in decentralised districts. University-trained professional foresters were supported by tough experienced rangers who learned their job in the bush.
Almost every advance in bushfire management in Australia, from the science of fire behaviour to aerial burning was thanks to our foresters. Into the 1980’s they were regarded as international leaders.