This public lecture is free to attend and is open to delegates and to the public. Please register your attendance via the “online registration “ link above.

Public Lecture – Managing fire risk in Tasmania

Tasmanians are no strangers to landscape scale fire.

The large number of lightning strikes that resulted in ignitions in the 2018-2019 fire season easily eclipsed the unprecedented events witnessed by north-west Tasmanian’s in 2016. Over 210,000 hectares of Tasmania burnt in the 2018-2019 summer, particularly areas of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the southern forests.

Tasmania is a small, isolated and mountainous island. It is a refuge to many animal and plant species including some of the most ancient plants on Earth. Much of the vegetation is adapted to fire; ancient Gondwanan communities are not and are most at risk to fire. Looking at the landscape, you would be forgiven for thinking that the impact of fires is directly removed from affecting human population and biodiversity. In the 2018-2019 fires, communities of humans, flora and fauna were all critically impacted by fire.

This Public lecture is all about managing fire risk in Tasmania. We bring together experts to discuss, ‘What have we learnt from past fires that inform future fire management?’ They will draw on their expertise to consider:
What can we do to protect important cultural places and natural values?
What social capacity is required?
How can the community better assist the fire services with fire planning and emergency management?
How can humans co-exist with fire?
The experts will then address the audience to answer questions about managing fire risk in Tasmania.

The next fire season is already upon us.

Are we better prepared?

Details
Venue: Princess Theatre. 57 Brisbane St, Launceston TAS 7250
Date: Tuesday 26th November 2019 
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00 pm

Convenor

Professor Libby Lester, University of Tasmania

Speakers:
Professor David Bowman, Research Chair in Pyrogeography and Fire Science, Director, Fire Centre Research Hub, University of Tasmania

Dr Steven Leonard, Fire Science Coordinator, Natural Values Conservation Branch, DPIPWE, Tasmania

Mr Jeremy Smith, Director, Community Fire Safety, Tasmania Fire Service

Mr Paul Black, State Fire Manager, Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania

A question and answer session will follow the invited speakers’ presentations. The convenor will take questions from the floor.

This public lecture is free to attend and is open to delegates and to the public. Please register your attendance via the “online registration “ link above.

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