This report documents a three week study tour of the United States and Canada on the role of active forest management for multiple landscape benefits, most notably for wildfire risk reduction, renewable bioenergy and forest health. This study builds on the earlier Gottstein Fellowship report by Hamilton (2009) into developments in the use of woody biomass for bioenergy in Canada and the western United States, by focusing more directly on the links between fire management and bioenergy.
Report Year Archives: 2014
Gottstein Fellow Tina Bell investigated the opportunities available to bushfire professionals for tertiary education in Australia and compared it to what was available in the US and Canada. With the demise of many of the traditional forest science courses in Australian universities, the lack of tertiary education opportunities in fire behaviour and fire ecology for land management and forest managers has declined. Recommendations included that there should be a formal review of the depth and breadth of tertiary level education related to fire theory and practice available in Australia should be undertaken and that the need for a “common curriculum” across Australia in tertiary fire courses be examined, and possibly defined, via an collaborative process between industry, government and fire agencies.