up bushland isn’t a practical solution
By Ross Hampton
Salvage logging after the 2009 wildfires in Victoria. (Supplied: David Lindenmayer)
It has been a tragic fire season. Families and communities have been devastated, not to mention the loss of livestock, native animals and carbon emissions pumped into the atmosphere.Then there are the stories of small businesses going broke and children developing asthma from the months of choking smoke.
It will be tragedy piled on tragedy however if, after all that, we don’t dismiss the argument that it is either reasonable or practical to deal with our highly flammable bush by just “locking up and leaving it”.
The scale of these fires and the prospect of a drying climate, which will ensure future summers are even more challenging, make it imperative that we take no options in combating bushfires off the table.