To remove or not to remove - that is the question
After the devastating fires we endured in the Overstrand during January 2019, the sound and smell of a fire brings different images to different people.
Surprisingly, fire is one of our greatest tools for biodiversity conservation and fuel management, but as we as a community experienced it, it is also one of our most destructive forces...
About 70% of the ecosystems that cover South Africa is fire-adapted. They need to burn in order to maintain their ecological integrity. But because of human activity there is a need to manage fire in a manner that is appropriate for the land-use and land-type, while maintaining natural processes and patterns as far as possible.