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Forest Fires and our Environment
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 10 March 2005

"Clean up our forest areas"
Editorial - 20.01.03

Canberra is well known as our country capitol.  Unfortunately, Saturday January 18th, 2003 saw one of the worst bushfires in the history of our country - one could say it was a one in one hundred year event.

With over 400 houses lost in this tragedy it is little wonder that the recriminations have already started with complaints that the authorities did not act appropriately, quickly enough.   For those areas to have burnt in the manner that they did burn then the fire burnt with an intensity that the fire was never going to be contained only to the perimeter of the bushland suburbs.   The fire burnt deep into the heart of those suburbs.

No action on January 18th, 2003 could have prevented a fire that burnt with the intensity that it did burn from creating the holocaust that it did.

The seeds of the cause of this fire were planted a decade or more ago when the practise of not sufficiently carrying out proper yearly bush husbandry began.   Australia is the greatest country in the world, bar none but it also has an environment hard to tame.   The Australian bush has for centuries used fire to rejuvenate itself and to ensure the survival of the native species of fauna and flora.

No bush can survive a hot fire.  Hot fires come from the burning of the build up over a long period of time of combustible material left on the forest floor.   The time of year and the seasonal circumstances also add to the seriousness of that burn.   There is a right and wrong way to care for our bushland and we do have many people such as those employed by the Department of Natural Resources (Forestry) who know and care for our bush.

Many bush areas are also becoming overrun with noxious species and they too add to the problem of leaf litter build-up.  It is great to have these bush areas.   I for one believe that they are important places for today's stressed society.   It is equally important that we stop indiscriminate clearing of our valuable bushland.   It is equally important that we must look after those bush areas just as we look after our own back yard.  For those of us who are in the leafy suburbs it is important to ensure that our homes are also cared for with respect to fire prevention strategies.   It is too late when the fire is crowning over the roof to think about cleaning the gutters.

Our area not too many years ago also had a close shave when some of the pine plantation in the Beerwah / Glasshouse area burnt.   We need to take heed and ensure that our forest areas are made as safe from fire as possible.   This is a job that Forestry workers are so skilled and experienced at so we need to see that they are empowered to do whatever is necessary to ensure the long life of our bushland timbered areas, including forestry, national parks and government freehold areas.

When the seasons set the right circumstances there should be no dithering, just actions taken to make our forest areas safe from the threat of fire.

Not all medicine is bad for you...........

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