Conserving fauna in fire-prone landscapes: A review of fire-associated management actions that affect fauna conservation and recovery

Date: 08, Sep, 2021
Author(s): Eli Bendall   Natasha Robinson   David Lindenmayer   Rachel Morgain   Sarah Legge   John Woinarski   Libby Rumpff   Martine Maron  

Global change is modifying disturbance regimes and placing increased pressure on natural ecosystems and their fauna. Severe and unusually widespread fires create fauna management challenges, as the number of killed, injured and affected animals may number in the billions, many animal species may lose much of their population size, post-fire environments may be unsuitable for long periods for many species, and fire may exacerbate the impacts of other threats. There is an urgent need for effective strategies that minimise the impacts of fires on fauna, and enhance the recovery of affected species following fire. This global systematic review assessed the global research literature on fire-associated management actions that impact fauna, alongside the publicly available Australian grey literature.