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28.2.04

After The Fire

No comment, I just found this interesting:

Bushfire Cleanups Under Scrutiny

PAULA KRUGER: When it comes to taking care of forests devastated by flood or fire, Australia's land policies are decades ahead of the rest of the world.

But according to a major international study on the effects of natural disasters on the world's forests, there is still room for improvement.

Professor David Lindenmayer from the Centre of Resource and Environmental Studies at the ANU is one of the co-authors of the report.

DAVID LINDENMAYER: Humans tend to treat these massive natural disturbance events as something that needs to be cleaned up, whereas in fact what often happens is that the ecosystem is designed to be able to recover naturally from these sorts of things and what people don't realise is that in many cases these natural disturbance recovery processes are really badly impaired by our attempts to clean them up. We can actually put the system back up to 200 years by doing these things.

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