The wet season in northern Australia has come to an end, which is the trigger for AWC field staff to begin delivering prescribed burns across our northern Australian projects. Our fire management program is unique - AWC delivers the largest non-government fire management program in the country, and is the only organisation to undertake extensive fire management operations in all regions from Cape York to the Kimberley.
Burning in the early dry season typically produces cool burns which break country up, helping to establish a patchy mosaic of vegetation of different ages, and reducing the risk of intense late dry season fires. Effective fire management is essential for the conservation of a diverse range of animals, range from Gouldian Finches to Pale Field Rats.
AWC's success is highlighted in the following graph, which shows that the level of wildfire at AWC's Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kimberley has been much lower than the level of wildfire in the adjacent National Park (King Leopold).