Cape Otway Fuel Reduction and Ecological Burns Program
The Cape Otway Fuel Reduction and Ecological Burns Program was started by the Conservation Ecology Centre and is working to reduce fuel hazard and improve biodiversity in Cape Otway.
The project started with a study to understand how significant changes in land use and fire were impacting biodiversity. It has since developed partnerships with CFA and Southern Otway Landcare Network to deliver planned burns on private land. Based on knowledge gained from the study and ongoing data collection, the program is changing traditional approaches to burning, moving from less frequent high intensity burns to more frequent cooler burns.
Along the way, the program has built relationships with local residents, having conducted 19 burns on 14 private properties.
The judges commended the project for combining an evidence-based approach to fire management, with collaborative engagement, to reduce bushfire impact and improve biodiversity.
Strathewen Education Partnership – Fire Danger Rating Animation