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Trees victims of planned burns

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April 27, 2018

Barooga based councillor John Bruce is encouraging farmers to take care of trees during planned burns.

Barooga based councillor John Bruce is encouraging farmers to take care of trees during planned burns.

The Berrigan Shire councillor and passionate land care advocate said too often trees are being forgotten about when planned burns are occurring.

‘‘It’s important that people make sure the fire is out.

‘‘I’ve spent a lot of time planting trees and to see big healthy trees burnt is frustrating and it’s just a case of people being careful.

‘‘It could be something simple like cleaning around the tree, or not allowing extra fuel for the fire to spread.’’

Rural Fire Service Federation Zone captain Greyd’n Davis agreed with Cr Bruce, saying tighter restrictions could be the solution.

‘‘Restrictions will be tougher in the future and that means if a farmer or land owner goes outside of those restrictions fines will be greater.

‘‘I think there is a lack of care at the moment and it appears to me that because bigger operations have so much work they have to do, it’s not something they’re thinking about.

‘‘Taking my RFS hat off, some of these trees have been growing for over 300 years and quite often they’re being treated without a lot of respect,’’ Capt Davis said.

Cr Bruce suggested looking at an older system.

‘‘What used to happen quite often with irrigation (farms) is that if you needed to chop down trees then you would plant new ones in a different location.’’

Capt Davis echoed Cr Bruce’s words by saying ‘‘any tree that is burnt — even by accident— should be replaced’’.

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