Strategic assessment of DEWNR fire management

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) has developed policy and procedures for the environmental assessment and management of its fire management program.  

Environmental assessment and management actions that are used by DEWNR fire management include: 
  • environmental assessment of strategies in a fire management plan for a landscape or group of reserves
  • environmental assessment of burn plans or works plan for each prescribed burn or other new fire management activity
  • development of ecological fire management guidelines to determine appropriate ecological fire regimes for native vegetation 
  • management using fire of significant species or communities, where this is required to maintain biodiversity.
A strategic assessment is being undertaken to seek endorsement of the Fire Management Environmental Assessment and Management Procedure Policy, and to assess whether it effectively delivers on DEWNR’s fire management program as required by legislation and the Code of Practice for Fire Management on Public Land.

The draft strategic assessment report evaluates the impacts of the policy on matters of national environmental significance, such as threatened flora and fauna, Ramsar wetlands and heritage sites (in accordance with section 146 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)). It also identifies a range of conservation measures to mitigate the impacts of the program on these matters.

Public comment is now being sought on the draft assessment report.

Have your say

You can have your say about the draft assessment report by:
  • completing the online form below under the 'submit your views' tab 
  • writing an email or letter, or sending a facsimile.

What are the next steps?

Comments relevant to the assessment will be considered and amendments made to produce a final assessment report. This final report will be submitted to the Commonwealth Environment Minister to support the endorsement process of the policy under the EPBC Act.

Contact us

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Fire Management Branch
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001

Phone: 8124 4833 

Fax: 8124 4913


Community consultation closes: 
Friday 28 March 2014
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