Building knowledge

Deep research helps us identify the sites, species, ecosystems and landscapes that are most in need of work


Then we share that learning with others to build knowledge and understanding of the issues our environment faces.

For example, many of the supposed benefits of prescribed burning, annual hazard reduction or local fire management practices (like reduced fuel loads and low-impact) are unsupported by science: The truth is any kind of artificial fire impacts a landscape, whether it be adversely promoting wattles and bracken over other species, removing nesting hollows, silting our waterways, or releasing captured carbon back into the atmosphere.

Moreover, fire impacts flora and fauna differently through time: Rebalancing wattles and bracken with tree mallee can take over 25 years, whilst fauna that depend on tree hollows (such as the hollow-nesting striated pardalote) are unlikely to find tree mallee suitable for their requirements until it is at least 40 years old.

And it takes more than 100 years before live eucalypt stems are of a diameter suitable for large hollow-nesting species like the Major Mitchell’s cockatoo. The cons for nature always outweigh the pros for humans.

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