Monitoring, evaluation and reporting in Hume 2017-2018

In 2017–18, we continued implementing our monitoring, evaluation and reporting program. We continued our focus on monitoring overall fuel hazard (OFH) and severity, and we expanded our ecosystem resilience monitoring program.

During the year, our OFH and fire-severity monitoring activities included:

  • 234 pre-burn OFH assessments across 15 burns, about half of which were rolled over from the previous year
  • monitoring of 15 burns, 14 of which were ignited in autumn
  • 178 post-burn OFH and severity assessments across the 14 ignited burns, of which 115 plots had evidence of fire
  • severity mapping for the 14 burns, with aerial imagery used for burns greater than 500 ha.

We held two training sessions in the Ovens district, to improve the capacity of staff and maintain their skills in OFH data collection and technologies.

We completed pre- and post-burn OFH assessments for one cross-tenure burn in the Hume region, with 23 pre- and post-burn OFH and severity plots assessed.

During the year, we completed the first full year of the Greater Glider Ecological Resilience Project, monitoring five sites in the Strathbogie Ranges for the glider. The project’s findings will be shared after an interim report by Arthur Rylah Institute subject-matter experts, due in October 2018, is completed. The interim report will inform future monitoring and management practices. A final report is due in 2019.

The Hume Forest and Fire Planning team, together with the Natural Environment team, hosted the Fire Ecology Forum. Staff of Forest Fire Management Victoria, the Country Fire Authority and local governments, and researchers, came from across the state to discuss fire ecology projects. They heard reports about the state and Hume region monitoring, evaluation and reporting programs and the Greater glider project, and about research into ecological resilience and flora fire tolerance. The forum was a good opportunity for districts staff to link research findings to their operational practices, to improve biodiversity outcomes.

The Hume Forest and Fire Planning team worked with Parks Victoria to develop the River Redgum Mitigation Project in Barmah National Park in the Goulburn district. The project will be delivered in 2018–19, and its findings will inform management of cultural values and mitigation measures to protect significant river redgum trees from fire.

During the year, we worked to expand the strategic bushfire risk analysis to include biodiversity values for the Hume region (such as the Greater glider and the Broad-toothed rat). This will inform ecological risk analysis for strategic bushfire management planning in fire management zones.

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