More than 20 rural landowners, mostly from the Lower Myall area, learned about using fire to manage and protect their properties from wildfires and to support and protect native vegetation
The eco burn workshop at the Pindimar Community Hall on 30 September was organised by Lesley Lane, a Land for Wildlife landowner in Pindimar, and presented by Olivia Eglin, Fire Ecology Education Project Officer with MidCoast 2 Tops Landcare.
The workshops covered information about fire behaviour, fire risk and how the environment responds to fire.
It discussed the major types of eco-burning to manage bushfire risk – cultural burning practised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, a similar method of cool burning and western hazard reduction used mainly by rural fire services.
The all-day workshop included and analysis of the bush behind the community hall and an activity where landholders each received an aerial map of vegetation on their property to analyse and to map out a fire property management plan.
MidCoast 2 Tops Landcare is running similar workshops throughout the region.
News of the Area journalist Thomas O’Keefe wrote about the Pindimar workshop here.