This ought to be compulsory reading for Greens, or anyone else that either owns property in and around forest reserves or is interested in conservation.
Until green politics and academic abstractions clouded official thinking, Western Australia was the prime example of how best to minimise mega-bushfires’ destruction of life and property. Now we burn like the rest of Australia More…
The original inhabitants understood that a well thought out burning program was necessary for the land of droughts and flooding rains.
Here is a short excerpt, but it’s worth reading the full article at Quadrant.
[…] The answer to Australia’s bushfire problem is thus abundantly clear. First, governments must take charge. Root the anti-burning brigade out of the agencies and stop funding and listening to the academic ideologists. Get decision-making about land management into the hands of people with hard-won practical experience, people who understand the principle of preventative medicine, people who are not afraid to enforce bushfire regulations.
Second, re-institute or introduce a regime of broad-acre periodic, mild-intensity fuel-reduction burning in our national parks and forests […]