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Title

Potential for forest thinning to reduce risk and increase resilience to wildfire in Australian temperate Eucalyptus forests
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Rodney J. Keenan; Christopher J. Weston; Liubov Volkova
Publication Year: 2021

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • Australia
  • Eucalyptus forest
  • forest resilience
  • forest thinning
  • fuel reduction
  • hazard reduction
  • indigenous burning
  • wildfires
Region(s):
  • International
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Record Last Modified: June 7, 2021
FRAMES Record Number: 63771

Description

Unprecedented wildfires in south-eastern Australia in 2019-20 focused attention on forest management to reduce their risks and impacts. These fires mostly burnt dry eucalypt forests. In this short review, we found evidence from international studies that thinning combined with fuel reduction can reduce wildfire risks and impacts in dry forests compared to no treatment or thinning alone. In Australia studies so far demonstrate mixed outcomes, indicating that more landscape-scale experiments are required to better assess the use of thinning in dry Eucalyptus forests to reduce fire risks in a rapidly changing climate.

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Citation:
Keenan, Rodney J.; Weston, Christopher J.; Volkova, Liubov. 2021. Potential for forest thinning to reduce risk and increase resilience to wildfire in Australian temperate Eucalyptus forests. Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health online early.