Dyer R., Jacklyn P. Partridge R., Russell-Smith J. and Williams D. (2001), "Savanna burning : understanding and using fire in northern Australia", Tropical Savanna's CRC, Darwin
This book describes how fire influences the savanna landscape and how fire can be used to meet a variety of management objectives. Major topics covered include:
Edwards A., Hauser P. Anderson M., McCartney J., Armstrong M., Thackway R., Alllan G., Hempel C. and Russell-Smith J. (2001), 'A tale of two parks: contemporary fire regimes of Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks, monsoonal northern Australia', International Journal of Wildfire, 10, pp. 79–89.
Edwards A. 2005, 'Fire monitoring plot survey and analysis, Nitmiluk National Park', Parks and Wildlife Service of the Northern Territory and the Bushfires Council of the Northern Territory.
This report discusses the result of the 10-year field assessment at Nitmiluk National Park undertaken in April 2005. In addition to the field survey results, the survey aimed to add to the ongoing development and maintenance of an on-park data management system for fire mapping and monitoring.
Edwards A., Kennett R., Price O., Russell-Smith J., Spiers G., and Woinarski J.C.Z. 2003, 'Monitoring the impacts of fire regimes on vegetation in northern Australia: an example from Kakadu National Park', International Journal of Wildfire, 12, pp. 427–440.
In this study the results of a monitoring program at Kakadu National Park are assessed to identify the effectiveness of differing fire regimes, their impacts on biodiversity and the consequences of the current fire management program.
Andersen A.N., Cook G.D., and Williams R.J. (eds) (2003) in Fire in Tropical Savannas: The Kapalga Experiment. (eds A.N. Andersen, G.D. Cook and R.J. Williams). Springer-Verlag, New York.
This book summarises the results of the landscape scale Kapalga fire experiment. It discusses the major issues surrounding fire in the savanna region of northern Australia. It covers topics such as
fuel dynamics, nutrients and atmospheric chemistry:
Andersen A.N., Cook G.D., and Williams R.J. (2003) "Synthesis: Fire ecology and adaptive conservation management". Pp. 153-164 in Fire in Tropical Savannas: The Kapalga Experiment. (eds A.N. Andersen, G.D. Cook and R.J. Williams). Springer-Verlag, New York.
There are two key results that have emerged from the five year landscape scale study at Kapalga Research Station in Kakadu National Park:
fire regimes were extreme yet many plants and animals showed little response: and
by Jeremy Russell-Smith, Bushfires Council of the NT
From Savanna Burning — Understanding and Using Fire in Northern Australia , Tropical Savannas CRC, Darwin 2001
Prior to the 1960s, fire management in the Northern Territory was limited to the protection of major assets by pastoral properties and the opportunistic burning conducted for pasture and stock management. There is no doubt that Aboriginal burning of the bush was widely practised and there are numerous accounts of these burning practices being undertaken to manage food resources and to assist in hunting.