Burning for the Bush - Fire Ecology Workshop

28th May 2023

"Burning for the Bush"

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP ON FIRE ECOLOGY, 2 dates to choose from...

When: commencing 9:30am and finishing around 3:30pm on either:

Saturday, 27th May (Glen Aplin) - at the Glen Aplin Memorial Hall, 14 Foster Street

To book for the Queensland event use this link - https://www.trybooking.com/CHIHD       ** OR **

Sunday, 28th May (Tenterfield) at the Steinbrook Hall, Billirimba Road, Steinbrook 

To book for the Tenterfield event use this link - https://www.stickytickets.com.au/OFR6O

Cost $10 including morning tea & lunch....

All landholders, Rural Fire Service (RFS) members and those in the local community with an interest in learning more about how to use fire to protect biodiversity are invited to participate in this important workshop. With over 60 threatened species of flora and fauna on the Granite Belt and seven threatened ecological communities, fire plays an important role in their long term sustainability.

The guest presenters will be landscape ecologist, Dr John Hunter, an environmental consultant and former lecturer from the University of New England, and Dr Peter Croft, ecologist, researcher and author based in Armidale.  Both have extensive research experience in granite ecosystems and how they respond to fire. Other speakers will come from the QLD & NSW Parks and Wildlife Service and Rural Fire Services.

The event in Tenterfield has been jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and we thank them for their ongoing support with this project. The Queensland event has been funded through the Stanthorpe Rare Wildflower Consortium.

A little about our speakers:

Dr John Hunter (Keynote speaker) B.Sc. (Hons) (UNE), PhD (UNE)

Adjunct Associate Professor - School of Environmental and Rural Science, UNE

A landscape ecologist whose major interests include: biodiversity how it is measured and its functional traits. Major research interests include: vegetation classifications, plant systematics, biomass, sociology, surveying of flora and fauna.  Author of over 240 reports many of which are peer-reviewed.  Holds numerous roles on committees including secretary of the international Vegetation Classification Working Group, the Northern Tablelands Regional Advisory Committee and the technical sub-committee for the Saving Our Species/Landscape Species/Data Deficient Species programs for the NSW Environmental Trust. 

Peter Croft, Ecologist

Affiliated with the School of Human and Environmental Studies, UNE, Ecosystem Management, School of Environmental and Rural Science UNE and Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, Parks and Wildlife Group, Glen Innes Area. Ex Ranger, Northern Tablelands NSW NPWS

Brian McDonough, Volunteer RFS

Director, NSW Rural Fire Service Association (10+ years)