Going into Christmas 2021, the megafires of two years ago are still fresh in the Australian memory and we head further into the bushfire season with some trepidation. Of course it is not just Australia where fires have raged out of control and caused immeasurable damage. Forest and land management practices around the world are, I hope, under scrutiny so that the best practices to suit the circumstances of each can be put into place.
It seems timely that the debate on this page open up beyond the original question of any connection between bushfires and logging to include other elements that make up sustainable forest management in Australia. The overarching question remains the same: How can Australian forests, as they are now, be best managed to achieve the best outcome with the least adverse consequences? What more can and should we do right now?
Those of you who have been following the commentary and articles collected here would suspect that there is no simple answer to this question and that there are deep divisions between commentators.
The impact of climate change, the impact of logging and harvesting, the impact of fuel reduction burns and the extent of FRBs appear to be key factors.
Surely though, these are not mutually exclusive and it’s not that much of a stretch to acknowledge that they all may have an effect on forest management and bushfire risk? Perhaps the ongoing debate will get down to the details of where the balance lies.