Fire regime guidelines for conservation of threatened species

Work Package 4

Is it possible to protect threatened plants and animals using fire?

Many plant and animal species in NSW are adapted to a particular fire regime – that is, the frequency, intensity and season of fires that occur in their habitat – but can be threatened when this regime changes. However, our understanding of how species persist with fire over time is essentially limited to fire frequency. Researchers will measure and analyse the effects of other fire factors – including fire season and intensity – in order to understand how threatened species can persist under changing climate and fire regimes.

What we’re doing:

  • Characterising the sensitivities of species to the intensity, frequency and season of fires
  • Compiling a comprehensive database about how different plant species respond to fire
  • Developing modelling to predict how threatened species will be affected under varying fire management scenarios

Biodiversity is critical to healthy ecosystems and a key foundation of the environmental, social and economic well-being of New South Wales. This project will address key knowledge gaps in fire management for biodiversity conservation