Fire management at Curramore

Fire management at Curramore

Despite its small size, Curramore sanctuary requires a relatively complex and partly experimental fire management strategy.  Fire is required for the long term maintenance of some habitats (Eucalypt forests and woodland) while fire needs to be excluded from some other communities (rainforest types).  

Prior to AWC management, reduced fire frequency has favoured the establishment of shrubs, rainforest plants and weeds (particularly Lantana) in eucalypt forests, with a concurrent loss of grassy understorey and the suppression of eucalypt regeneration.

AWC’s fire management at Curramore aims to maintain and restore a grassy understory in Eucalypt woodlands, retard the invasion of lantana and protect the rainforests.  In this way, we will re-establish and maintain the mosaic of habitats required by the sanctuary’s wildlife.