International expert to discuss forest burnoffs

1 JANUARY 2003

A public forum looking at major questions surrounding prescribed burning in forests will be hosted by Charles Sturt University tomorrow night Tuesday 15 August. Prescribed burning is used to manage bushfires and maintain a healthy bushland. However, smoke from these burns has caused concerns for tourism and public health, particularly for asthma sufferers. Hosted by CSU’s Institute of Land, Water and Society director Professor Allan Curtis, four speakers will talk on different perspectives on the issue, followed by a panel discussion and public “question and answer” session. Speakers include US social scientist Professor Bruce Shindler who has studied how to gain social acceptability for prescribed burning in the US Pacific North West region, as well as representatives from the Victorian Country Fire Authority, local health authorities and CSU ecology expert Dr Ian Lunt. The forum will be held at the Nowik Lecture Theatre, Guinea St, Albury, starting at 6pm.

Media contact:

Wes Ward, 02 6051 9906

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