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Message from the Hotspots Team

Welcome to the June edition of the Hotspots News Online.

In this edition you will find:
• an update on the previous fire season and projections for 2016-17 
• reports on recent workshop activity
• a link to the new landholder booklet for the Northern Rivers region
• registration details for the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Conference in September, and 
• details of small-mammal survey work in the Northern Rivers that inform attempts to protect the endangered Eastern Bristlebird and Hastings River Mouse.

To find out more about coming workshops and to register, click on the link provided in the Workshops scheduled article below.

Kind regards,

The Hotspots Team

A fire season update

During May, unseasonably dry conditions, particularly across the Mid North Coast resulted in a higher level of fire activity and a spike in the number of incidents. The dry end to autumn also meant that fire agencies and land managers have successfully completed a number of hazard reduction burns across the State. Read more...

More than 100 landholders attend Hotspots workshops March-May

Very successful workshops were held in the Pillar Valley (North Coast), Dooralong (Hunter Valley) and Nerriga (near Braidwood) areas with over 100 people attending.... Read more...

Workshops scheduled for Glen Innes, Hunter, and Braidwood

Planning is underway for workshops next financial year in the north near Glen Innes, in the Upper Hunter and in southern NSW near Braidwood. Click here to find out more and to register your interest in attending one of these workshops.... Read more...

SEQFBC Bushfire Conference

A decade after the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium hosted the very successful 2006 Bushfire Conference, we are thrilled to announce this year they are hosting Bushfire 2016: Connecting Science, People and Practice, from September 28 to 30, at the University of Queensland, Brisbane... Read more...

Surveying the Endangered Eastern Bristlebird and Hastings River Mouse

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Hotspots Fire Project Ecologist Kevin Taylor coordinated a field survey to assess small mammal populations before and after a prescribed burn at Grady’s Creek in the Border Ranges. The survey was part of a collaborative project by the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium to help protect the endangered Eastern Bristlebird (Dasyornis brachypterus) and Hastings River Mouse (Pseudomys oralis).... Read more...

New landholder booklet on managing fire in the Northern Rivers region

There is a new Hotspots landholder booklet that has been developed for the Northern Rivers region. Click here to find out more and to download a copy.... Read more...

New resources coming soon

New resources will be available in July, including a review and associated landholder booklet on the interaction between fire and weeds in NSW and a landholder guide to property-level monitoring before and after fire.... Read more...