This project is being conducted by Neil Burrows from the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA)
While there was no aerial photography over the GVD prior to the Military rocket launches at Maralinga in the 1950’s, DBCA has found some photography from the 1960’s. The photography is being stitched together to determine fire history of the area. Concurrently, interviews are being conducted with the traditional owners to find out about traditional burning practices in the GVD.
Burning over the last few decades has been very widespread and intense causing impacts on biodiversity. Threatened fauna including Sandhill Dunnarts and Malleefowl appear to favour long unburnt areas but further surveys will need to be undertaken to confirm this.
The fire pattern project is due to be finalised in the first half of 2018.