EcoFire is an award-winning fire management program in the Kimberley involving 13 properties (4 million hectares) including indigenous communities and pastoralists.
Coordinated by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), EcoFire has operated in the central and north Kimberley since 2007. In that time, it has significantly changed fire patterns by:
- reducing the incidence of late dry season fires (which are extensive and intense)
- increasing the availability of unburnt vegetation
- increased the spatial extent of old growth vegetation.
These fire pattern changes have been matched by improvements in key biodiversity indicators that range from soil surface condition metrics, to Gouldian Finches, small mammals, and riparian birds.
The project has successfully engaged the landholders in the area, including pastoralists and indigenous communities, who are all involved in the burn planning, delivery and measuring its success.
EcoFire has been a powerful communication tool – the project has featured in dozens of presentations (to a wide cross-section of audiences), publications (technical and non-technical) and media (newspaper and TV).
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