Burn area is “too big”

Locals and landholders in the Strathbogie Ranges voice burning concerns

THREE groups based in the Strathbogie Ranges made a collective submission to the State Government’s inquiry into fire season preparedness, where a hearing was held in Euroa last week.
The groups, Strathbogie Forest Group, Firefighters for Forests and the Euroa Environment Group, stated in their submission that they cared deeply about the management of native forests in the Strathbogie Ranges.
“The recent significant increase in planned burns targets in the Strathbogie Ranges is of great concern to many locals and landholders in these ranges and beyond,” the submission read.
“Our three community groups have been strong advocates for planned burn decision making based on evidence and a sound and precautionary understanding of forest ecology.”
The groups said they were opposed to a continuation of the fear-based practice of burning large swathes of native vegetation out of fear that it will do some good.
They outlined a number of points regarding why they opposed these types of burns which included the impacts they believe prescribed burns had on the Ranges.

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