A Fire Planning Officer has recently been appointed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) to work on the Rangelands NRM Pilbara Corridors project.
Andrew Greenwood is based at Millstream Chichester National Park, and will be working across Pilbara’s Karratha District, primarily concentrating on Millstream Chichester and Karijini National Parks.
Rangelands NRM’s Pilbara Corridors Program Manager Dr Bill Cotching said fire has long been recognised as a major threat to biodiversity values, particularly impacts from large, intense bushfires.
Andrew’s primary role will be to assist with planning and strategy development for bushfire management over the next five years.
“Initially his work will concentrate on developing fire management strategies for DPaW tenure lands, including national parks and nature reserves,” Dr Cotching said.
Subsequent initiatives will involve working with other stakeholders including pastoralists, local government, aboriginal groups and other government land management agencies, to develop “tenure blind” fire management strategies for the Fortescue River catchment.
“These strategies will be collaborative approaches to mitigate fire risk associated with large, intense bushfires which could impact on lives, property and other community values,” Dr Cotching said.
Strategy development will include recording of assets and values at risk from fire, identification of available and appropriate fire management techniques, managing fuel loads and working with neighbours and other organisations to develop improved land management objectives across the various tenures.
Andrew comes from Queensland, with more than 15 years hands-on experience in land management, along with a ranger background in the Northern Territory and central Queensland regions.
Pilbara Fire Planning Officer Andrew Greenwood, assists with prescribed burning in Queensland.