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New community group forms in Denmark to investigate prescribed burning practices
A new Denmark community group will investigate prescribed burning on the south coast. Denmark Environment Centre convenor David Rastrick said the Denmark Community Fire Safety and Ecology Group was formed in response to members’ questions and general public concern.
“While community safety is non-negotiable, fire safety goes hand-in-hand with keeping the bush in good condition,” he said. A new Denmark community group will investigate prescribed burning on the south coast.
Denmark Environment Centre convenor David Rastrick said the Denmark Community Fire Safety and Ecology Group was formed in response to members’ questions and general public concern. “While community safety is non-negotiable, fire safety goes hand-in-hand with keeping the bush in good condition,” he said.
“A significant concern to DEC is environmental — what are the impacts on the fauna, flora and soil ecology both in the short and long term? Associated with this is the impact on climate change.”
The group said they would look into prescribed burns by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, as well as the Shire of Denmark. A DBCA spokeswoman said the department had worked hard to reduce fuel loads in areas surrounding Denmark and Walpole to provide better protection to the community from intense summer bushfires.
“From a biodiversity perspective, prescribed burning is undertaken to maintain a range of wildlife habitat types through the creation of low-fuel areas in a mosaic of burnt and unburnt patches across the landscape,” the spokeswoman said. “Prescribed burns occur in more favourable conditions than intense summer bushfires, enabling animals to safely move into areas of unburnt vegetation and various plant species opportunities to regenerate…
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