The work carried out at Koriella is a fantastic example of how planned burning can reduce fuel loads while also reduce weeds and promote regeneration of native flora.
In the months following a successful planned burn conducted in Koriella, the District 12 Vegetation Management Team has undertaken detailed post-fire monitoring of the site. The team has documented not only the drastic decrease in fuel loads around the site (which serves as a crucial ingress and egress point for residents during bushfires), but also the stunning recovery of native mushroom, wildflower and tree species.
Many of the species identified, such as culturally important chocolate lilies and flax lilies, are re-sprouting and germinating en masse, recolonising ground previously occupied by weedy grasses such as Phalaris aquatica.
The burn at Koriella clearly highlights how the CFA Vegetation Management Team, through planned burning, can meet its objective of reducing risk to life and property while also aiding conservation and restoration of fire-adapted ecosystems.
Read the original story about this burn.