Bushfire Recovery - tell us what you need….

Have you lost valuable field equipment in the recent bushfires? Do you need data to commence a study on the impact of the fires in your area? Do you want to establish a monitoring program for local fauna? Need advice on how to set up a study? Or anything else to help our native ecosystems recover from the bushfire crisis?

The Ecological Society of Australia has established an Ecosystem Recovery Fund to source donations of money, as well as offers of scientific equipment, volunteer hours, expertise, and scientific data to help scientists and community engage in ecosystem recovery.

Please let us know what you need to support you or your project by completing this form and we’ll try to match you with a donor who can provide the fund, equipment or expertise you need.

You can see a list of some of the offers below (please note this is not a complete list as some people have made private offers). We also have close to 50 offers from ecologists around Australia with various expertise offering to help/volunteer no field surveys, advisory groups and more. If you need something, let us know and we'll put you in touch with anyone who can assist you.

If you are able to offer scientific equiptment, data, epertise, of your time as a volunteer you can make that offer here

We are also accepting cash donations here

(Note: this fund has been established to support ecosystem restoration, if you need personal financial assistance, household items etc. they can be obtained through disaster recovery agencies such as the Australian and state governments, the Red Cross, or organisations such as Givit.)

Items and offers which are currently being offered include:

Equipment

  • 3D printers ( x2), Crichton precision paper cutter, Carvey precision carving machine - offer to print/ cut for free - Sydney NSW
  • GPS unit, 3 android tablets with rugged cases, Macroinvert kick nets, Laser hypsometer, Densiometer, Clinometer - loan or gift - Geelong, Victoria (can be shipped)
  • 20 AudioMoth wildlife recording units. - for loan - Monash University, Victoria

Field site

  • The property we manage as a biodiversity stewardship site under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act was fully impacted by fire on 8 October 2019. The management site is 156 ha, within a 213 ha property, adjacent to a near-fully impacted state forest and with the northern fire boundary within 500 m tot he north of the property. There are 21 fully assessed sites undertaken to both BBAM and BAM assessment standards prior to the blaze (Jan 2017) and deployed IR camera data from 70 points in the property - more than 65 within the stewardship. We offer the property for the undertaking of research with any partners who would like to participate. An ongoing IR camera and regular site resampling (to observe changes) is being undertaken (see data offer).

Data

  • Data from  a series of plots in the White Box-White Cypress pine communities of the Snowy River Valley, Victoria. These were set up after fires in 2003 to assess recovery. Some may have burnt again. Plus, a long-term database of alpine plant responses to disturbance (Victoria) spanning up to 75 yrs, including plots established after fires in alpine landscapes (1998, 2003, 2006).
  • Of the sites burnt, we hold data from: Newnes Plateau, forests near Clarence Colliery, part of the SE forest holding from a court proceedings.
  • There are two datasets relating to the Ermelo Stewardship site in the Rappville / Ellangowan area of NSW that was fully burnt out on 8 October 2019 (see above) .Data exists from the pre-burn surveys of the property to establish the stewardship agreement. Floristic / veg data exists in both BBAM and BAM formats from 22 plots on the 156 ha of the stewardship (5 PCTs, 6 veg zones). Fauna survey data is primarily IR camera data from 70 camera trap locations and covers nearly 2 years of near-permanent deployment of cameras for periods of up to 6 months. All data is captured into the relevant Bionet survey modules. Data following the fires is already being collected with regard to the regrowth response and persistence of coarse woody debris among other things.
  • We have pre fire wildife survey data froma  number of forest sites in northern NSW. Survey data includes camera traps, anabats and bird surveys. These data-sets are unpublished.