A changing climate and environment is creating increasing challenges for land managers in undertaking planned burns (also called controlled burns) to manage fuel loads or achieve certain ecological outcomes. As weather becomes more variable and unpredictable, land managers are finding that the ‘windows’ when they would usually burn are changing, or disappearing altogether, creating new challenges in how land managers need to adapt planning and resourcing to this unpredictable fire context. The most complete and comprehensive guidance informing planned burns are through the Wet Tropics Bioregion of Queensland Planned Burn Guidelines (State of Queensland, 2012). However, these guidelines do not adequately address cultural burning practices or new challenges presented by climate change, and require updating. Consequential changes are also required by land managers in terms of how they plan and allocate resources for planned burns.
Rainforest Aboriginal People have managed the landscape through the use of fire for thousands of years. Traditional knowledge around the use of fire must be considered and incorporated into contemporary land management, including increased involvement of Rainforest Aboriginal People in planning and undertaking controlled burns.
The Authority will: