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NPWS collates data on how South Australian plants respond to fire, and how they are affected by it. For example, some plants require extreme heat produced from a fire to open their seed banks, while others struggle to adapt to the changes in fire behaviour caused by climate change.

This information is currently being incorporated into a database which is expected to be available before the end of the year. Additional information from ongoing monitoring will be added to the database periodically.

Prescribed burns monitoring

Every prescribed burn provides the opportunity to learn more about fire behaviour and how a bushfire would impact on an area.

This information is important when developing fire management programs as it provides ecological input and can measure changes in vegetation composition before and after fires.

Extensive monitoring of areas before and after fire management activities (including prescribed burns) allows NPWS to apply knowledge learned from previous burns and to adapt fire management programs to changing conditions.

Monitoring is particularly useful when it is unclear what role fire plays in certain ecosystems.

To ensure NPWS' information is in line with the rest of the nation, we use flora monitoring protocols for planned burningdeveloped by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment with support from the Commonwealth Natural Disasters Mitigation Program and other agencies.

Fire responsive plants fact sheets