Fire biodiversity in the Australian Alps national parks

Workshop Proceedings Albury NSW, 2005

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Introduction

The fires of January and February 2003 burnt a total of nearly 2 million hectares across the Australian Alps, including 68% of the Australian Alps national parks. This event posed significant challenges to each of the Alps management agencies. Initially agencies were focused on dealing with their specific challenges in their own regions.

In 2004 the Australian Alps Ministerial Council, through the Australian Alps Liaison Committee, appointed an Expert Scientific Panel to review the environmental-recovery operations of the relevant State agencies following the fires and to make recommendations on policy matters and on potential projects.