Australia is losing its capacity to understand environmental recovery

By David Lindenmayer
Updated January 19 2020 - 2:59pm, first published 2:51pm

By April 2020 let's hope that Australia's catastrophic fire season is finally over ... at least until next season. The forests, woodlands and native grasslands that have been burned are not permanently destroyed as often proclaimed in the media. But they will take some time to regrow. Most forests will recover, although others may be irreversibly changed. But will koala populations rebound? How will other iconic native animals fare, like marsupial gliding possums and lyrebirds?