Mapping amenity in bushfire-prone landscapes

Blog post by Chris Brennan-Horley, Olivia Dun, Christine Eriksen and Nick Gill

“Treating a forest merely as a collection of trees ignores its contextual relevance to people” (Stankey and Shindler, 2006)

We have spent the past month looking at vegetation in the context of ‘amenity landscapes’. This blog post finds us currently in Bilpin – in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, NSW – conducting interviews with residents to try and understand the interplay between amenity values and bushfire preparedness. This relates both to vegetation in and around residents’ properties and in the surrounding landscape. This fieldwork is part of the ‘Co-existing with Fire: Managing Risk and Amenity’ project funded by the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre. A key aspect of this project is to develop mobile and spatial interview methods. Continue reading