Cultural burn planned for Nowra’s Triplarina Nature Reserve

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is supporting a cultural burn planned for Triplarina Nature Reserve on Monday 12 April, weather permitting.

Fire and Cultural Science Team initiating a Cultural burn

Ms Julianne Doyle from NPWS said the 2-hectare burn will be done together with Aboriginal fire practitioners from the Nowra Aboriginal community and Firestick Alliance members.

“The burn is planned to take place in the northern part of the Reserve, just off Yalwal Road which is opposite Filter Road, and will be conducted over a number of days,” said Ms Doyle.

“West Nowra residents may see or smell smoke coming from the Reserve and we thank the Reserve neighbours for their understanding.

“Cultural burns come in many forms and during this particular activity the undergrowth will be burnt very slowly so animals have time to move away and to leave some unburnt patches.

“While this is a cultural burn, being run to connect people to Country and to make Country healthy, it will also reduce fuel loads and contribute to hazard reduction.

“This burn is a continuation of the program we started in 2019 that supports and recognises cultural burning as a fundamental way to manage fire in the landscape and connect people to Country.

“A second cultural burn at this location is planned for May 2021,” said Ms Doyle.

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.

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