Jervis Bay fire response study
Fire is a defining characteristic of the Australian bush. Whether started by natural processes such as lightning strikes or as a result of human action, fire shapes the landscape and the plants and animals which inhabit it. We know that over millennia Australia's native plants and animals have adapted to survive and even regenerate due to fire, yet there is much to learn about the long-term impacts of fire on wildlife.
Since 2002, landscape ecologists from the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University have been conducting a long-term study examining the effects of different types of fire on the animals inhabiting a range of vegetation types in Booderee National Park at Jervis Bay. The study provides critical knowledge for use in fire management, vegetation management and biodiversity conservation within national parks and state forests.