Supporting our members, ecologists and the community to respond to and recover from the bushfires

On behalf of the ESA I wanted to write and let you know we are thinking of the people and communities affected by the fires, as well as the vast numbers of Australian ecosystems and species that will have been impacted by these fires, and will continue to experience after-effects for some time.
I know many of our members have been directly affected by events unfolding across the country. Please know that your ESA colleagues and friends are standing with you and are ready to help in whatever ways they can. 

For those feeling overwhelmed or struggling with current events, we encourage you to reach out to friends and family, make an appointment with your GP, or contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 at any time night or day.

The ESA is working with other professional societies and science organisations to assist the national recovery efforts. As part of these efforts, the ESA is:
 - Launching an Ecosystem Recovery Fund, where you can donate now.
 - Logging offers of help from ecologists who have skills, expertise, data and equipment they can share to help in ecosystem recovery activities. You can register here.
 - Logging requests for assistance from scientists and community members working in fire-affected ecosystems. If you need help, please register here.

We will then match the offers of assistance with those people and projects who need it to facilitate long-term ecosystem recovery. 

You can find out more about all of these initiatives here

We have seen many of our members talking with the media as this crisis continues to unfold, and I thank you for your willingness to engage, share knowledge, and bring ecological insights to the national conversation.

A number of you are also already involved in meetings with government agencies and other activities to map out how we can collectively respond to help our ecosystems recover.

If you have other ideas for how the ESA could support recovery efforts please get in touch, and if there are ways we can support you personally in work you are undertaking in response to the fires please let us know via email to info@ecolsoc.org.au.

Best wishes,
Bek Christensen
President, Ecological Society of Australia

(Photo: Hope for an ancient conifer. Nick Fitzgerald. Central Plateau, Tasmania)