General References

Key threatening process nomination - Contemporary fire regimes resulting in the loss of vegetation heterogeneity and biodiversity in the non-fragmented landscapes of northern Australia

This report documents the threats to biodiversity resulting from extensive late dry season fires in northern Australia. It calls for the damaging fire regimes to be recognised as a key threatening process under the EPBC Act. (c. 2007)

Talking Fire - Burning for pastoral management in the Desert Uplands

This booklet addresses the pros and cons of burning for pastoral management in the Desert Uplands region of Queensland. It is not a set of prescriptions for guaranteed outcomes but an outline of existing knowledge of burning in the hope that graziers and other land managers will continue to use fire and develop a better understanding of its merits and consequences. The booklet is available for download from this site (PDF 598 KB). (Fensham and Fairfax, 2007)

Managing for Healthy Country in the VRD - The Impacts of fire and grazing on invertebrates

Extract from Managing for Healthy Country in the VRD discussing impacts of fire and grazing on native invertebrates, and results of projects at Mt Sanford and Kidman Springs where spiders, ants, beetles and grasshoppers respond in a variety of ways to changes in grazing pressure

Managing for Healthy Country in the VRD - The impact of fire and grazing on native vertebrates

This document outlines research undertaken in the VRD to assess the impacts of fire and grazing on native vertebrates. The research suggests that the widespread application of any single fire regime over a large area will lead to a decline in biodiversity, and that a variety of burning regimes across the landscape is desirable.

Eucalypt Woodland in Cape York Peninsula as Habitat for Arboreal Marsupials - Responses of the Common Brushtail Possum

Patch burning is needed to protect understorey vegetation (from which Common Brushtail Possums obtain water in the late dry season) from extensive wildfires. Clearance of very tall eucalypt forests on aluminous laterite mined for bauxite may also locally eliminate the possum.

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