Author Archives: Mike Purtell

About Mike Purtell

Member of Else Mitchell Park & Deanei Reserve Bushcare Groups in Springwood (member for 21 years for both groups) Founding Member of Blue Mountains Bushcare Network

Conference 2015 – Bushcare and Living with Fire

Bushcare Network Conference 2015 “Bushcare and Living with Fire”

29th August 2015. Put it in your diary now!

Thoughts and Concepts to Get You Started.

As a lead up to the upcoming Bushcare Conference the Blue Mountains Bushcare Network  has put together a list of interesting web sites as a primer in the lead up to the Conference.

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCCNSW ) hosted a Bushfire Conference in May 2015  “Fire & Restoration

http://www.nature.org.au/healthy-ecosystems/bushfire-program/conferences/ (webpage)

A list of speakers & topics from the Conference can be found at http://www.nature.org.au/media/2176/fire-restoration-conference-program-nccmay2015.pdf
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2013 NCC Bushfire Conference abstracts.
Here are links to the reports from the previous NCC conference. http://www.nature.org.au/media/2014/abstracts-booklet-ncc-bushfire-conf2013-part1of2.pdf (3.3Mb) and
http://www.nature.org.au/media/2015/abstracts-booklet-ncc-bushfire-conf2013-part2of2.pdf (2.5Mb)

A most informative Booklet on the Impact of Fire on our Native Vegetation in the Blue Mountains  is Vegetation, Fire And Climate Change in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area by Kate Hammill & Liz Tasker, which can be viewed at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/protectedareas/deccw20100941.pdf (10Mb)

Cleopatra Study Area after fire. Stake 1 at bottom left.

Hazard reduction burn, 1 hour after fire. Bushcare site, Blackheath 2011


Yellomundee Firesticks Project
An interesting video on the  Yellomundee Firesticks Project can be found at https://vimeo.com/104977827

Blue Mountains Firesticks Program
And here is a link to a paper by Oliver Costello. Oliver works for NCC & helped Den Barber set up the Blue Mountains Fire Sticks program.
http://www.nature.org.au/media/1742/ocostello-write-up_final.pdf (3Mb)

Hotspots Fire Project
Finally for now, here is a link to the NCC Hotspots Fire Project. http://hotspotsfireproject.org.au/