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Logging can lead to more intense bushfires, says Tasmanian study

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Calls to use logging to reduce fire risk are ‘extremely misleading’

Commercial timber harvesting can increase Australia’s eucalypt forest fuel loads, leading to more intense bushfires that spread quickly and are difficult to control, according to research by the University of Tasmania.

A study by the department of geography and spatial sciences of fire in the Huon Valley in 2019 found that logging regrowth forests burned at a higher rate of severity than old-growth forests. The results are published online in the journal Fire.

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