Want to use fire to manage invasive native scrub? Now is the time to start planning
06 December 2016
While many landholders in the Western region have fond memories of 2010 due it its high rainfall, it can also be pinpointed as the cause of a significant amount of invasive native scrub (INS) being established.
Six years on, these seedlings are likely to be at the critical stage of around 30 - 40 cm in height, and if left alone any longer will be difficult to be removed with fire.
With many areas again enjoying a year of above average rainfall, Senior Land Services Officer Brian Dohnt believes now is the perfect time to start planning an approach to managing your INS, as there is substantial grass growth around.
According to Mr Dohnt, there are a number of important things landholders need to consider:
- have a thorough look around your property for established seedlings (30 - 40 cm)
- you must be able to control grazing in that paddock (total grazing pressure fencing)
- you may need to lock-up the area for up to two years to get enough grass to carry a fire
- planning the grazing of other paddocks you will use whilst your burn area is closed (rotational grazing)
- before any burning of invasive native species, landholders must have either an approved INS Property Vegetation Plan or submitted a notification under the INS Self Assessable Code
- burning activities must comply with the conditions of the Property Vegetation Plan or INS Self Assessable Code, whichever applies. It is the landholder’s responsibility to gain any other approvals that may be required prior to undertaking clearing/burning
- contact the Rural Fire Service in your local area to discuss burn activities and planning for your property.
Landholders looking for further information can contact Mr Dohnt on (02) 6836 1575 or Team Leader for Native Vegetation, Silvana Keating (03) 5021 9404.
Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0428 679 974.