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The course covers the fundamentals of setting and achieving bushfire management objectives for ecological and fire protection purposes in natural ecosystems. It covers the contents of a fire management plan, setting objectives, developing fire prescriptions, undertaking monitoring and evaluation of the management process, and review.
Intended learning outcomes
By the end of the subject students should:
- Be able to set fire management objectives for individual burns and for broader management areas.
- Be able to develop burning prescriptions to achieve fauna, flora, and protection objectives.
- Be able to use a knowledge of plant and animal life history attributes to devise sustainable fire regimes.
- Be able to devise fire management strategies and plans that maintain water quality and yield.
- Be able to use GIS programs to develop fire management plans.
- Be able to establish and run a monitoring program to assess the effectiveness of a fire management plan.
- Be familiar with the use of Codes of Practice to achieve world best practice in fire management.
- Be familiar with some key legal responsibilities related to fire management including the maintenance of biodiversity, protection from damaging fires and fire suppression.
Last updated: 2 December 2019