Source: The Mercury, 14 March, 2001, p.24

Facts about the forest industry's planned burning activity
during March and April. Why? How much? Where &

Why Burn?

Fire is an important part of the life cycle of
eucalypts. It is the major disturbance factor
which enables these forests to regenerate In
Tasmania, both naturally and in managed
systems. Fire is used to establish healthy, fast
growing forests, at the same time removing the
accumulated debris from harvesting. Planned
burning reduces the risk of bushfires destroying
forests and contributes to fuel management
programs For the protection of life and property.
Fire is an essential tool of land management for
conservation, farming and forestry.

How much and where?

This autumn the forest industry plans to prepare
about 27,000 hectares for planting or sowing in
patches scattered across Tasmania. The average
size of areas to be planted or sown will be 67
hectares, although many will be much smaller and
a few will be larger. Whether planned burning
programs are achieved depends upon the weather
being suitable for safe burning during the autumn.

The planned burning is distributed throughout the
State, which reduces the impact on localities.
Within districts, burning is further dispersed and
only a limited number of operations can occur on
any one day.

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