Climate change appears to be a reality. In our drying climate the danger of bushfires seems to have increased not only in number but also in severity. Yarloop was a little town devastated by bushfires in the Western Australian South West region a year ago.
Prescribed burning in the cooler winter months are conducted for the safety of people, the environment and animals. Burning reduces the amount of ground vegetation to decrease risk of bushfires that could cause greater damage later in the season. There is evidence that prescribed burning also helps to maintain biodiversity and assists with vegetation management. Fire may be important to the regeneration and rejuvenation of our bushland and forests.
I came across some prescribed burning in the Great Southern Karri Forests this winter and captured some images on my iPhone to create this little soundscape story of forest rejuvenation.