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Posted on 29/05/2019 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Fishers Wetland burn complete
The controlled ecological burn undertaken at Fishers Wetland to reduce an area of introduced Tall wheat grass is now complete.
Philip Island Nature Parks staff together with Phillip Island and San Remo CFA brigades successfully completed the cool burn after postponing the initial burn date due to wet weather,
and rescheduling it for two days later on Thursday 23 May.
“The delay helped to dry out the site and this, combined with perfect weather conditions, allowed for a successful cool burn,” said Stefan Poll, Philip Island Nature Parks Senior Ranger.
“On the day we worked alongside Andrew Smith - Acting Operations Officer Bass Coast Catchment - District 8 – South East Region to complete the burn by 4pm,” said Stefan.
Monitoring of the site continued until the night of Sunday 26 May when nature completed the blackout with heavy downpours.
The burn site is now logged as completed and safe, allowing rangers to follow up with revegetation of native wetland plant species.
The area, known as Fishers Wetland, located on the way into Churchill Island is an ecologically significant landscape adjacent to the internationally recognised Western Port
wetland. This cool burn process was undertaken as per the Nature Parks’ Fire Operations Plan 2019-2021 and is an effective way to improve habitat and increase ecological diversity.
“We remain committed to keeping our community safe and promoting positive ecological outcomes through our Fire Operations Plan and working with key partners such as the CFA.”

Media Enquiries:
Roland Pick – Communications Executive
T el: +613 5951 2825 Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: rpick@penguins.org.au
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