In March last year, a prescribed burn tore through 1,800 hectares of Weinup state forest. The burn took hols within one of 36 internatioanlly recognised Global Biodiversity Hotspots, known also to be one of the most important homes for Critically Endangered numbats.
We commissioned a report investigating WA’s prescribed burning practices and after months of fieldwork and analysis, the dedicated scientists and researchers at Denmark Environment Centre, Warren Catchments Council, and Fire and Biodiversity WA came to an alarming conclusion:
WA’s current prescribed burning practices are having an undeniably negative impact on native animals and their homes, but critically there is a significant lack of certainty around the true extent of these impacts.
Six recommendations were made following the report, the most vital of which is for the WA Government to conduct an in-depth independent study into the impacts of current prescribed burning methods in Western Australia on plants and animals.
We need your help to urge Environment Minister Reece Whitby to investigate the true impact of prescribed burning at the scale and intensity that we have seen recently in WA.