Not everything we do with nature is wrong... Take Roads
Risk avoidance therapy by governments remains an easy way to stop being reasonable and scientific about these complex combinations of diversity and ecosystems. Wood on the ground that could house an animal is often not allowed to be moved so , whether its a rabbit hollow ( most likely) or a native animal , it becomes the sacred unknown life . Landholders are allowed up to 3 metres clearance - why don't the Shires show they have the same power to clear and protect ? While the unknown subject remains sacred and the trumpet call is unclear , people will die .
Respecting nature doesn't mean never touching it, as some unthinking single focused people think. Only ever seeing 2 uses on a roadsides ( them and us ) is blinkered and single focused . Lots of things use te space and there rights need to be balanced . Roadsides often need things they no longer get because people have got preciuos about presummed rights of the native vegetation and the animals we house there . This road in the picture divides on a steep ridge and 2 cars can't pass between the two old trees - a seriuos accident waiting to happen.
Retained forest and fallen timber and bark near roads is, in Victoria,at this moment , hundreds of accidents waiting to happen . The form of these old fire remnant forests will not last anyway,so the musuem view of their protection is shortsighted; As is so much of the frightened techno politically correct religious speak from Head office and their lawyer driven "no real advice here " crew .Must we must pay more for better advice ?
The commissioner at the time of Marysville was clearly afraid to use the word " evacuate "and many yes men in the system still are . Why oh why ABC investigators is that ? I wonder how many people died just becuase it wasn't assummed by many that it could be expected to happen .It was, at it always was , "your idea that kills you" -" its nothing to do with what I , the commissioner , the ABC do " . "Your plan" talk remains the garbage garbelled newspeak even today . Where was Bailleu's enquiry into the whitewash of Marysville and that very word "evacuate " ?Victotian governement don't want to offend anyone ----even if it means more deaths ??
Roads also need drainage and cars need places to pass . These spaces are often NOT now allocated when they should be because of a compromise in favor of nature worship.Trees and habitat are more important . The greeneries allow cars ( because they have to ) but the safer places implied by car use - they don't quite undertsand is part of the eco deal - dumb, pathetic and shallow loopy
We were driving through Lara yesterday ( grassland ecosystem extending from Geelong to Melbourne) when 17 people lost their lives several decades ago 1969 . Interestingly on the topic of eco specific advice ( see bleow) they probably would have lived if they had not left their cars ( normal thing to do if the fire is parked on a road near ( but not neccesarily in ) grassland. How would that happen and would it happen today ? It would be madness to say that the Lara native timber in that area was a forest ( then or now as its sparse and low and grassland mainly ) But there were enough trees in one spot to create the same old timber dry hardwood frame disaster that we bushies knew is plan dangerous anytime .The road was one of the first to have freeway width and yet people were killed on it in 1969 . Do our road users know any better today when to stay indoors and where is safe and what to keep in the car ? .
The whole truth is not told ,,,so the advice is suspect and dangerous.
Unlike the 60's, though, instead of avoiding parking near the standing tinderbox we live in them .Noone is dared to tell the truth - so innocent people die because the truth is not told .Worse people pretend that any old advice apart from the harsh truth will save them . God help the compliant when the right trial is held charging the right people . Meanwhile the danger is not avoided for some . A sort of strange perveted right of entitlement is given to trees and animals over humans. We die when they mustn't. Strange twisted and confusing moralities are all around us .
Because of the namby pambying and silence , those who pretend that living in the bush is safe keep doing it and somehow pretend that the road out through it will be safe . Neither are true and the danger is ever present to all of who use roads near bush .
Its clear that despite all the talk on the media most city people have no idea of the reality that road formations and clearing can and do create lots of biodiversity . The forest produced by fire is relatively uniform so that the light access and water concentration produced by our roads adds to the diversity of habitats near them.
Roads produce runoff for grass production in dry summers and light access for animals seeking some grasland diet species. The need for clearing is nowhere more evident than at Zumsteins in the Grampians where no kangaroos now congregate ( growing wattle s at the moment) . Tourists will however find them feeding on the private pastures provided by landowners nearby.
3.Long term ecosytem protection Looking after the forest is not leaving it to rot and fall over ( The only habitat in old trees is dry space - there is therfore little habitat in rotting wet centres of the old trees in the picture. Its leaving to burn or burning it early ( the needed favor option )that makes sense naturally .
4.Controlled burning may not be the best compromise The idea that you can burn these areas every year is wrong ( controlled burning preoccupation of the current government). The flora will change , more weeds will come and the natural sequence of at least 10 years between fires is broken .Realistically, a lower native form also often suits the new landscape (say where clearing has occurred on both sides) .The leaves of many monocultural fire related forest do not like the wind exposure of being on the edge of such road side remnants ;groups too which have no need to no longer grow tall to compete for light but which can be expected to change character on the edge and in substoreys because of light entry changes.( in the longer term)
5 Confusion over the great divergence of risk between grassland and forest
If you don't yet believe me think, the specific sites and how the dummies in charge , instead of respecting the need for site specific judgement ( apart from " your own plan " which is Ok to a point ) try to force us to learn together in one place and time ( "hang into the news" while you burn to death? ) ;
--The specifics of why cypresses did in fact protect homes and people in Western District fires ,
-- why non bark and ember producing NON NATIVE ( shock horror) trees should be planted MORE ( they are doing it Canberra where the hard lesson was put upon them )
--why some roads are still on this very day HUGE danger traps because noone is allowed to clear them of risk factors ( by Shire planners and DSE)
-- why is the compromise of control burning accepted ( required once a year if you create a strong undergrowth( normal) Its often much more destructive of ecosystems than the natural fire pattern which patch burns every 10 years plus or so on average . (http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/fire-and-other-emergencies/major-bushfires-in-victoria)