Fire Ecology Study

Fire Ecology Study

Year 12 ecosystems students went on an excursion to Namadgi National Park to investigate the influence of fire severity on the regeneration of Eucalypt species after the January 2003 Canberra Fires.

Students visited two sites in order to collect data on the regrowth of Alpine Ash. Michael Doherty, CSIRO scientist and PhD Candidate, assisted with the study and taught students about bushfire science and the response of different Eucalyptus species to bushfires. It was a really fun and educational experience despite the wet and cold conditions. Fortunately, a lunch stop at Bull’s Head included a campfire and some hot chocolate to warm everyone up.

Stilling smiling in the wet and cold conditions.

Stilling smiling in the wet and cold conditions.

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Relaxing around the fire with CSIRO scientist, Michael Doherty

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  • What a great excursion. One of the impacts that many ACT residents were not aware of was that the post-fire Eucalypt regrowth meant a massive drop in runoff going into the ACT dams — Corin, Bendora and Cotter. The fire was one of the precipitators in the construction and massive expenditure on the New Cotter dam. Just once again showing the interconnectedness of our natural systems and how a disruption to one, causes disruption in another — even the human sphere.

    David Vernon Reply
  • It was a fantastic excursion from which students got some great data that they are analysing at the moment. I wasn’t aware of the effect of the fires on run-off, I will share that with the class.

    Stephen Robey Reply
    • I’ve emailed you a graph of the estimated reduction in runoff. Cheers D

      David Vernon Reply

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