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Traditional and ecological fires and effects of bushfire laws in north Australian savannas

Preece, N (2007). Traditional and ecological fires and effects of bushfire laws in north Australian savannas. International Journal of Wildland Fire,16(4):378-389.

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IRMA ID A00007xPUB4
Title Traditional and ecological fires and effects of bushfire laws in north Australian savannas
Author Preece, N
Journal Name International Journal of Wildland Fire
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 16
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1448-5516   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-34548100088
Start Page 378
End Page 389
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication Collingwood, Vic, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Field of Research 0705 - Forestry Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Landscape fires are common and frequent across the north Australian savannas, and are arguably an essential component of regional ecosystem dynamics. Seasonal biases in fire regimes and the high frequency of late dry season fires in a large proportion of the region have been presented as an impediment to appropriate land management. Legislation regulating the lighting of fires applies to the whole of the savannas. The legislation seeks to control the lighting of fires, provides for permit systems to operate in each jurisdiction, and is supported by policies and guidance manuals. The present paper argues that the legislation fails to address prescribed burning, the biophysical and social realities of contemporary regimes, and management needs. The policies and legislation are in need of some fundamental changes, including recognition of the concept of prescribed burning, mechanisms to promote regional fire management strategies and plans, and recognition of indigenous traditional practices.
Keywords aboriginal land
biodiversity
fire policy
habitat loss
indigenous practice
land management
land rights
legislation
native title
central arnhem land
regimes
territory
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF05079   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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