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A range of poster image maps and descriptive posters have been produced to communicate the focus and methods of this project. Click Here access pdf copies.

Bushfire management agencies across north Australia use maps of the burnt scars made by fires as monitoring and planning aids throughout the fire season. They help identify unburnt gaps in strategic fire control lines and can be used by land managers to develop a burning history for individual paddocks, or a fire history of fire-sensitive and surrounding vegetation types on a conservation reserve. In combination with other data (e.g. known rates of fuel accumulation for different fuel types; climatic information), fire history maps can be used to assess fire risk.

This work is currently being undertaken for study sites in Flores and Sumba. Presented here are results from the initial mapping in Sumba.

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Forest resource inventory was carried out on forest patches near the study sites in East Sumba over two weeks in April/May(2005). Species of trees with economic significance were identified and their abundance assessed. The resource assessment will be used as a land management planning tool by the provincial planning board (BAPPEDA). The training participants will be able to use the methods they have learnt in their work as natural resource managers in NTT.

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Field days
have been held during May in Sumba and Flores in association with the burning activities at the filed sites. These field days provided practical demonstrations of safe and effective methods for use burning to establish fire breaks and an effective, informal transfer of information about the expected benefits of these practices. Photos and video footage obtained during this exercise will be used to produce further information (pamphlets and video) to raise awareness amongst villagers and government officers.

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Demonstration plots are being established at each of the study villages to demonstrate different farming and fire management techniques. Agro-forestry skills from Indonesian and Australian project staff are guiding the establishment of nurseries and planting programs. In developing alternative farm income we hope to encourage more strategic use of fire in land management.

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