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Future Fire and the Future of the South West
6 August, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Many native Australian plants have adaptations to help them survive fire or rapidly germinate soon afterwards. However, climate change and altered fire management regimes, along with the growth of introduced weeds, have affected the frequency and intensity of fires in bushland areas here in the southwest of Australia.
Our speaker Kingsley Dixon will overview what we know about the application of European fire on southwest species and ecosystems. The impacts, unintended consequences and why change is need now before we irreversibly alter ecosystems at large landscape scales. Alternatives will be presented and importantly, how the voice of our Indigenous land custodians in fire management now needs to be heard
Kingsley Dixon is a botanist and was foundation Director of Science at Kings Park for 32 years before taking up a personal chair in botany at Curtin University in 2005. He is a passionate advocate for our unique species and ecosystems and was the 2016 WA Scientist of the Year in recognition of his contribution to WA conservation science.