After a bushfire or other major incident, such as flooding, local staff work with multi-agency teams to carry out a risk assessment of the affected area. Together they identify the most effective ways to restore the landscape. These are referred to as mitigation options and include:
- soil erosion control
- invasive species control
Generally, native vegetation will recover from fire over time. Following a major incident, we may undertake soil erosion control work and replant areas with local native plants. Soil erosion works are important in areas that fall within water catchments or where river or wetland ecosystems will be affected by sedimentation.
Changes in plant and animal populations can lead to an increase in invasive species in an area affected by fire. Invasive species can compete with native plants and animals for precious resources. We may implement specific weed and feral animal control programs in affected areas to help restore native ecosystems.