9 results for month: 06/2010


Council calls for stop to native logging in Yarra Ranges

28 Jun 10 @ 07:19am by Emily Webb http://lilydale-yarra-valley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/council-calls-for-stop-to-native-logging-in-yarra-ranges/YARRA Ranges Council is putting its weight behind a community push to stop native forest logging within the shire.At a packed meeting on June 23, residents from Toolangi and Healesville heard from council representatives and environmental lobby and conservation groups.Lyster ward councillor Samantha Dunn told the audience of more than 300 at Healesville Memorial Hall that the forestry industry’s claim that it was a “significant driver of the Yarra Ranges economy” was a myth. She ...

VicForests accused of felling old-growth mountain ash

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/vicforests-accused-of-felling-oldgrowth-mountain-ash-20100628-zf5o.html ADAM MORTON - June 29, 2010THE Victorian government's forestry arm will face a legal challenge over claims it illegally logged old-growth forest and increased the risk to a threatened species.Environmental groups accuse VicForests of felling dozens of pre-1900 ash eucalypts, breaching the Central Highlands Forest Management Plan.An impending legal case will also claim the timber agency failed to protect habitats necessary for the survival of Victoria's threatened faunal emblem, Leadbeater's possum.Ecologist Jacques Cop, from ...

Healesville wildlife group digs deep for native wildlife

Healesville wildlife group digs deep for native wildlife1 July 2009Presentation of a generous donation from Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Association to aidA small Healesville based wildlife association, comprised of just ten volunteers, has made an extraordinarily generous donation to help save and protect native wildlife affected by the recent Black Saturday bushfires. The Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Association is providing funding of $51,762 to Parks Victoria for programs that are supporting endangered native animals in post fire areas. These include the Leadbeater's Possum, Brush-tailed Phascogale, and Broad-toothed Rat.The Association ...

State’s emblem nearly extinct

"The Age" - Peter Weekes August 5, 2007THE tiny Leadbeater's possum, Victoria's state faunal emblem, could be extinct in a few years if its numbers continue to plummet.The population of the tiny nocturnal animal has dropped sharply since it was listed as critically endangered in 1996 - despite a decade-long joint federal and state recovery plan to save it.Research by Professor David Lindenmayer, of the Australian National University, has revealed that since the plan was imposed, the Leadbeater's possum population has halved to around 2000.The Australian Conservation Foundation's Lindsay Hesketh says unless logging bans are introduced to ...

Garrett moves to save ecosystems not specific species

Tom Arup The Age, August 18, 2009ENVIRONMENT Minister Peter Garrett has warned that money to save endangered species is limited and he will have to make hard decisions on the fate of some species in the future.Mr Garrett told the International Congress of Ecology in Brisbane yesterday that the Government would shift its focus to protecting ecosystems rather than individual species.His speech follows a report by the Department of Climate Change that finds global warming will severely threaten a high proportion of Australia's native animal and plant species.Mr Garrett said funding on an animal by animal basis was the equivalent of paramedics ...

Faunal Emblem Threatened: The animal victims of Black Saturday

Transcript of ABC TV Broadcast: 22/05/2009 Reporter: Kate ArnottTAMARA OUDYN, PRESENTER: When the February bushfires swept through the Central Highlands, millions of native animals were killed. Ten of Australia's most threatened species were hit, including Victoria's faunal emblem, the Leadbeater's possum. The tiny marsupial is now on the brink of extinction and an urgent recovery program is underway... Kate Arnott reports.SERA BLAIR, FRIENDS OF LEADBEATER'S POSSUM: I'm very concerned that Leadbeater's Possum won't recover from this major fire. It is a very serious concern because their population was already on the edge of extinction.KATE ...

Watching the bush recover after fires

Watching the bush recover after fires by Sarina Locke Canberra, ACT 19/03/2009.Just two weeks after the devastating bushfires in Victoria, green shoots of life were poking through the soil. A team of US ecologists have toured the Kinglake and Marysville forest areas to assess the ecological damage and water quality problems. With them was the senior forest ecologist in the ACT. Dr Margaret Kitchin, with Parks Conservation and Land, was impressed with their speed in assessing the damage, saying such a rapid response is a first for Australia.The Burned Area Emergency Response team is a group of ecologists from a number of US Federal Government ...

Quartet give HELPing hands

http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/story/88601FOUR young minds are taking the world by storm.The HELP (Helping Endangered Leadbeater’s Possums) team will not only present their year-long project at the International Future Problem Solving Conference in Wisconsin – they will be featured in Network Ten’s science program Scope.The team, Elly Robertson (from Kallista), Luke McConnell (Berwick) and Emerald’s Ellie and Mollie Travica, have worked hard since the bushfires to save the critically endangered species.They recently submitted an application for a community grant for habitat revegetation at Yellingbo.Elly said their school project ...

TV goes wild for Beaconhills College teens

http://pakenham-cardinia-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/tv-goes-wild-for-beaconhills-college-teens/SAVING an endangered marsupial has led this team to stardom.Four students from Beaconhills College appeared on Channel 10’s science program Scope last Friday as part of their Helping Endangered Leadbeater’s Possums crusade.It was their second television cameo since the group - Kallista’s Elly Robertson, Berwick’s Luke McConnell and Emerald’s Ellie and Mollie Travica - was formed early last year.As reported in the Leader, the team also featured on the network’s Totally Wild show at the Yellingbo National Conservation Reserve in ...