As part of the Adelaide Hills Council Roadside Fuel Program, each year contractors are engaged to reduce fuel loads by slashing.
Reducing fuel loads on roadsides will help to minimize the risks and danger of fires within the Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges. In addition the ongoing annual maintenance costs can be significantly reduced.
A partnership led by Birdwood landholder, Bob Myers, was developed in May 2012 and includes: Adelaide Hills Council (AHC), Native Grasses Resources Group (NGRG), Upper Torrens Land Management Project (UTLMP), Country Fire Service (CFS), Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DIPTI), Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board (AMLRNRM) and the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR).
Exotic grasses (phalaris & cocksfoot) have a very high fuel load of between 17-27 tonnes/Ha compared with native grasses which have a considerably lower fuel load of 1.5-8 tonnes/Ha.
Eight sites were selected for the trial and each site has had slashing and spraying of the exotic grasses and burning to remove all the dead vegetation. Subsequent spraying has occurred to reduce weed plant regrowth during summer 2012/13. During Autumn 2013, stumps were removed and some levelling took place. Further spraying of spring weed growth has occurred and potentially another spraying will happen after Summer 2013/14. Seeding of low fuel-load native grasses will take place during Autumn and Spring 2014.
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