The workshop was held on 21 October 2014 and chaired by Dr Cathy Dzerefos.
Conclusions and actions:
It was agreed to implement an adaptive management strategy, i.e. burn depending on rainfall / plant growth, vary season, frequency, intensity. The application of fire has to be planned annually to adapt to conditions.
Decisions are to be taken jointly by Trevor Phillips and team, FroHG and experts.
Fire records are to be kept. Volunteers to map the edges of fires (GPS, Google polygon tool).
Fire plan map to be updated and firebreaks to be reconsidered.
Areas with bracken fern are to be mapped.
SAEON will monitor current annual and 3 year sites, and also the peninsula, in Feb 2015 as i) a continuation of past research and ii) to form the base-line for any monitoring that happens after the proposed change in fire policy.