Logging and thinning of forests can increase fire risk

A photograph at night time, looking across a lake towards a hillside that is burning with a bushfire.
18 February 2021

Logging can make native forests more flammable and lead to greater fire severity for decades, while ‘mechanical thinning’ can also increase fire risk.

Burnt logging regrowth forest in the Victorian Central Highlands

These are two of the key findings of an expert review of published scientific research by The Bushfire Recovery Project – a joint project between Griffith University and the Australian National University to provide the Australian community with a scientific understanding of bushfires.

The review used the data and findings of 51 peer-reviewed studies, including those that compared how hot or severe fire burned in different areas during the same fires, to assess the impact logging has on bushfires.

Read the full article on the Griffith University website, featuring Prof David Lindenmayer