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Bushfire Planning & Management (FRST90017)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeFRST90017
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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: 9 November 2018