Catastrophic bushfires have raged across NSW burning millions of hectares and causing loss of life and widespread damage to communities, homes, properties and wildlife. This article addresses some of the common questions that our members and the public may have about bushfires.
Gary Dunnett, Executive Officer
This campaign update begins with actions by the NSW and Commonwealth governments that threaten the ability of NPA members to participate in conservation campaigns.
National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) has expressed deep concern over the devastating impacts of the recent bushfires. The protection of life, property and a healthy environment are priorities shared by our members.
Dunbogan Bushcare coordinator and NPA member Sue Baker is appealing to residents across the North Coast to help our wildlife through the drought.
‘Everything from insects to large mammals is being affected. Doing it really tough are species that feed on nectar, fruit and seeds (birds, possums, gliders, bats) due to the failure of many trees and shrubs to flower; tree death and now bushfire,’ she said. ‘Bats are even feeding in the daytime and birds species turning up in areas they’re rarely seen in.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Earlier this year, lightning peppered the Blue Mountains sparking about a year’s worth of bushfires in just one week. The remarkable skills, experience and sheer hard work of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) firefighters and their colleagues helped prevent these from becoming another of the infamous ‘black fire days’ that lace Australia’s history.
Roger Lembit, Convenor, Park Management Committee of NPA
On 16th October 2013 I was working in a gully near the end of the Dumbano Fire Trail in the Wollangambe wilderness north of Bell. On completing the site, I returned up the hill to the Trail to see a cloud of orange-grey smoke to the west. On checking in, I found that there was a bush fire in the Marrangaroo Demolition Training Area and I was required to evacuate and abandon work for the week.