Virtual Fire Forum 2021

Date: Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 & Friday 27 August
Time: 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
CPD: 4.5 Points

Following on from the success of the 2020 Fire Forum, the IFA/AFG’s Forest Fire Management Committee in conjunction with the Member Services Working Group are delighted to be hosting the 2021 Virtual Fire Forum. The Forum will kick off with a Science Session, involving interactive discussion with eminent academics on the drivers of large wildfires and what role forest management plays. The second day will focus on perspectives and experiences with prescribed fire from professionals currently working in the field. And finally, after the 2019/20 Black Summer, a Royal Commission and numerous inquiries, speakers will present their learnings and provide an update on recovery.

DAY ONE: Science Session | How, when and why are large wildfires influenced by forest management activities or other factors? What we know and what we need to know!

Chair: Prof Jerry Vanclay, Professor of Sustainable Forestry; Faculty of Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University
Assessing the impact of forest disturbances on wildfire severity
Dr Kevin Tolhurst AM, Associate Professor (Hon.), Fire Ecology and Management, University of Melbourne
Forest management and its impact on wildfire 
Professor David Bowman, Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science, University of Tasmania
Thinning and its role in wildfire behaviour 

Dr Luba Volkova, Senior Research Fellow (Fire In The Landscape) Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Followed by an extended discussion to include Gary Morgan AM AFSM

DAY TWO: Perspectives and experience in prescribed fire

Chair: Leon Holt - IFA/AFG
Prescribed burning to protect and maintain biodiversity
Dr Valerie Densmore, Fire Scientist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, WA
Case Study: Prescribed burning mitigating the severity of wildfire - 2019/20 Namadgi National Park, ACT
Adam Leavesley, Manager – Prescribed Burning and Research Utilisation, ACT Parks and Conservation Service
Approaches to prescribed burning fire policy
Hamish Webb, Director of Knowledge & Planning in the Forest, Fire and Regions, DELWP
How and when to reintroduce prescribed fire
David de Podolinsky; Forest Fire Project Officer, Forest Fire Management Victoria
Communicating prescribed fire
Jenna Hammond, Communications Advisor, Sustainable Timber Tasmania     

DAY THREE: Black Summer: Learnings & recovery

: Dr Tom Fairman, Future Fire Risk Analyst, Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, The University of Melbourne
Review of Black Summer
Rohan Jacobsen, Spatial Analyst National Forest Inventory, ABARES
Live infra-red imagery of the 2019/20 bushfires: Technology can be used to track fires and inform bushfire attack decision-making
Greg McCarthy, DELWP, Victoria
Biodiversity monitoring and recovery after the Black Summer Bushfires 
Craig Dunne, Ecologist, Forestry Corporation NSW
Kangaroo Island – Analysis of the fire and recovery
David Geddes, Geddes Management P/L
Providing support to staff as part of the bushfire recovery process
Amba Addinsall, Forestry Corporation NSW


Members: $45
Non-member: $95
IFA/AFG Student members: Free of charge

Everyone who registers for the Forum will receive a recording, if you can't listen live, you can listen later.

Click HERE to register

With thanks to our sponsors:

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