Satellite imagery of post burn fire intensity
Satellite imagery of post burn fire intensity.

Where possible, the Department of Parks and Wildlife applies fire regimes to the landscape that benefit plants and animals and improves biodiversity outcomes. This does not mean that all species will always be present in the entire landscape all of the time, but that there are enough habitat niches available for all species to live at various points at different times. The extent of these habitat niches, the number of species they support and their abundance will vary over time.

The most appropriate fire regime can only be determined based on a thorough understanding of the requirements of various habitats and species. Historical fire occurrence and the life strategies of some plant and animal species help determine which combination of fire frequency (interval between fires), season of fire, fire intensity and scale is appropriate for particular landscapes.




Great Western Woodlands

Spanning 16 million hectares, the Great Western Woodlands is an area of great beauty and diversity, with more than 3,000 species of flowering plants, and supports many species of native animals. The Great Western Woodlands - the largest, intact temperate (or Mediterranean) woodland left on the planet - are highly sensitive to large, intense, frequent bushfires.

Research on the fragile environment and a wide range of associated issues is continuing. Recent (10 year) changes to fire regimes are of considerable interest, as they pose a major threat to biodiversity in the woodlands.

Map of the Great Western Woodlands
Map of the Great Western Woodlands.
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