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)
The Nature of Northern Australia details the latest science on the Northern environment, its environmental significance and ecological processes. (Woinarski et al., 2007)
David Liddle discusses the potential impact that the combination of exotic grasses and fire might have on the Top End environment. (May, 2004)
This paper presents information regarding the rate of loss of nest-hollows over a long period in the tropics, and a dramatic episode of nest-hollow creation following two tropical cyclones. It discusses the loss of nest-trees owing to fire and concludes that fire management should focus on maintaining adequate recruitment of large trees, which could be affected by excessively frequent burning. (Murphy and Legge, 2007)
Report from the CRC for Desert Knowledge on the value of buffel grass for production and the negative impacts of buffel grass on the environment. It includes a discussion on the interaction between fire and buffel grass. Landscapes invaded by buffel grass can burn more frequently and at a higher intensity than uninvaded vegetation. (Friedel et al., 2006)
This article by Nicolas Rothwell describes the decline of small mammals across northern Australia and the role of fire in their decline (The Australian, April 25, 2009).
This case study provides a description of the threats caused by Gamba Grass to biodiversity, human life and property. It formed part of the State of the Environment Report, 2006.
This Weed Management Plan, produced by the Northern Territory Government, forms part of a strategic approach to gamba grass (Andropogon gayanus) management in the NT, with the overall aim being to mitigate the damage caused by gamba grass in relation to the natural environment, property and infrastructure and public health. PDF 735 KB
Modelling of woody thickening in the VRD indicates that thickening is rapid on red soils that are heavily grazed an unburnt, and can be reduced with regular burning and reducing stocking rates. (Ludwig et al., PP 1877-1882 in MODSIM 2001: Proceedings, International Congress on Modelling and Simulation.)
This article discusses managing the logs and litter layer of the understorey for wildlife conservation in the Northern Territory. It includes information on the role of fire in managing logs and litter.