Volunteers conduct a well-planned burning-off exercise as part of the Hot Spots project.
Volunteers conduct a well-planned burning-off exercise as part of the Hot Spots project.

Landowners learn to handle fires

LANDHOLDERS on the Dorrigo Plateau have a unique opportunity to learn more about the management of fire on their land.

Burning off to reduce fuel loads in privately owned native forests has long been a problem area for landholders.

The Dorrigo Plateau has large areas of native forest growing close to houses and other assets.

As a result the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority has made funding available for a fire management and education project on the plateau.

The Hot Spots Project has been delivered in other areas of NSW on the coast and tablelands in past years.

The project covers subjects such as protecting your assets, managing fire for different vegetation types, working with neighbours and preparing property fire management plans.

The project aims to give landholders the information and skills to make burning off easier and more controlled on their land.

The project is run with assistance from the NSW Rural Fire Service and participants will get the chance to do some burning off with Rural Fire Service members.

People who develop fire plans for their properties through the Hot Spots Project will also be eligible to apply for on-ground funding to carry out activities outlined in their plans.

If you would like to participate in the Dorrigo Hot Spots Project, call Phil Parbery on 6657 1624 or Colin Matthews at Bellinger Landcare Inc on 6655 0588.



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