Information about bushfire in Australia, plant responses to fire, and conservation/restoration post-fire.
Other reports and fact sheets
- Threatened and migratory species known or predicted to occur in areas affected by bushfires in southern and eastern Australia from 1 August 2019 and 13 January 2020
- Preliminary analysis area map
- Impact of fires on Threatened Ecological Communities and World Heritage Areas
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE PROGRAM THREATENED SPECIES RECOVERY HUB
Chris Dickman, Don Driscoll, Stephen Garnett, David Keith, Sarah Legge, David Lindenmayer, Martine Maron, April Reside, Euan Ritchie, James Watson, Brendan Wintle, John Woinarski (2020). After the catastrophe: a blueprint for a conservation response to large-scale ecological disaster [link]. Threatened Species Recovery Hub, January 2020.
COUNCIL OF HEADS OF AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDENS INC. (CHABG)
Australia’s major botanic gardens united to assist ecosystem restoration in response to recent bushfires [PDF]. CHABG Statement, February 2020
Understanding the impact of the 2019-20 fires (NSW Government Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, January 2020)
Victoria’s bushfire emergency: Biodiversity response and recovery [link] (Victorian State Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning)
National standards for the practice of ecological restoration in Australia [link](The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia – SERA)
How to seek assistance for post-fire weed management [link] (Australian Association of Bush Regenerators – AABR)
Links to other groups and resources involved in recovery [link] (Australian Association of Bush Regenerators – AABR)
Bushfires and soil (video) – Supporting bushfire impacted communities and soil ecosystems [link] (Soil Science Australia)
Media articles about plant responses to fire
Yes, native plants can flourish after bushfire. But there’s only so much hardship they can take [link]. ANPC Project Manager Lucy Commander and APC Editor Heidi Zimmer on restoration following bushfires. (The Conversation, 7 January 2020).
Can Aussie plants really recover from bushfire? [link] ANPC Committee member Chantelle Doyle chats with plant and bushfire ecologist Dr Mark Ooi about what’s normal, what’s needed and what kills plants at a time when climate appears out of control. (East side 89.7FM, 21 January 2020).
Pulling out weeds is the best thing you can do to help nature recover from the fires [link] (The Conversation, 28 January 2020)
Why Australia’s severe bushfires may be bad news for tree regeneration [link] (Science Matters, 30 January 2020)
Wildlife needs fire-damaged and dead trees after fires [link] (Australian Geographic, 14 January 2020)
Waking up – Australian bush begins its long bushfire recovery [link] (ABC News, 1 February 2020)
Self Improvement: How plants respond to bushfires [link] (ABC Drive, 5 February 2020)
Bushfire impacts, recovery and outlook (Branch Out podcast, 15 July 2020)
Articles from Australasian Plant Conservation on plants and fire