12 results for month: 09/2012


Saving the species: this tiny two-year-old is the right possum for the job

Saving the species: this tiny two-year-old is the right possum for the job May 22, 2012  Bridie Smith http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/saving-the-species-this-tiny-twoyearold-is-the-right-possum-for-the-job-20120521-1z1d1.html ONE of the country's rarest mammals and Victoria's faunal emblem will be the subject of a captive breeding program - the first major breeding and release program for Leadbeater's possums - as scientists intervene to build up the wild population and establish an insurance population in captivity. The precarious state of the endangered possum - numbering less than 2000 in the wild - prompted Zoos Victoria to embark on the ...

Ecologist resigns in anger at lack of action on rare possum

By Bel Tromp/Margot Foster  Monday, 17 September  2012 http://www.abc.net.au/rural/telegraph/content/2012/s3591584.htm The Leadbeater's possum is a tiny tree-dwelling creature that some say is destined for extinction, despite being closely monitored by scientists for decades. It lives in a small patch of Mountain Ash forest outside Melbourne, which has been logged for much of the last century. David Lindenmayer is leading the push to save the possum from extinction. Once an idealistic and hopeful young ecologist, David Lindenmayer - now Professor Lindenmayer - is so disillusioned about lack of government support that he's resigned in disgust ...

Expert on endangered Victorian possum quits – Tracee Hutchison spoke to Professor David Lindenmayer.

Updated 13 September 2012, 9:52 AEST One of Australia's rarest mammals heading for extinction http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/onairhighlights/expert-on-endangered-victorian-possum-quits/1014836  Expert on endangered Victorian possum quits (Credit: ABC) One of Australia's rarest mammals is being "locked in to extinction" by the Government body charged with saving it, that's the view of Australia's leading expert on the Leadbeater's Possum,Victoria's faunal emblem. Professor David Lindenmayer from the Australian National University has studied the possum for 30 years but has tendered his resignation from the ...

A loss now and for eternity

The Age, November 4th 2011 IT IS with much sadness, and not a little anger, that I read of Ted Baillieu's proposal to sacrifice our endangered wildlife and magnificent old-growth forest for some woodchips that we can produce in plantations (''New law in pipeline to aid loggers'', The Age, 3/11). Does Mr Baillieu not care about his grandchildren? None of us will ever see a Tassie tiger again but the long-footed potoroo and other threatened species are still hanging on, just, for future generations to view in the wild and not stuffed in some glass display case, which is where the Premier is proposing to drive them. We need to give these endangered ...

Tree sit halts logging at Toolangi

Media release 16 January 2012 Central Highlands Action Group Tree sit halts logging at Toolangi More than 30 protesters are today halting logging operations at a large coupe on Yellowdindi rd in Toolangi state forest. “The clear-felling of native forest in this area has been an ongoing source of dismay for local residents and today’s protest is yet another cry out to be heard by the many who believe that this special area should be granted permanent protection” said spokesperson Emma-Jayne Heather. “These forests give us protection against climate change and provide habitat for native fauna which is such a feature of this area” said one ...

A new home for you, possums

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/a-new-home-for-you-possums/story-fn6bfkm6-1226273123396

VicForests posts loss after ‘challenging year’

Leslie White  Weekly Times, September 13, 2012 TAXPAYER-OWNED native forest logging company VicForests has recorded another financial loss. Environment groups and Greens have said it is "staggering that VicForests gets free land and trees to cut down but still manages to make a loss" and it would be cheaper to send its employees "to Bali to retire" than to keep the entity alive. But VicForests says it is looking to the "future after a challenging year" and blamed the high Aussie dollar, global economic conditions and legal expenses for the loss. The 2011-12 financial year is set to be the fifth running VicForests has failed to return ...

Last Dog on the Moon


Making himself extinct: ‘absolute disgrace’ prompts Leadbeater’s possum scientist to quit

By Bridie Smith, The Age, September 12, 2012 http://m.theage.com.au/national/making-himself-extinct-absolute-disgrace--prompts-leadbeaters-possum-scientist-to-quit-20120911-25qo5.html THE top scientific authority on the endangered Leadbeater's possum has quit from a team trying to save it, in protest over policies he argues will ''lock in'' the animal's extinction. David Lindenmayer, who has studied the possum for 30 years, said he could no longer work with ''the most environmentally bankrupt administration'' and would resign from the recovery team after more than a decade. In a resignation letter to Environment Minister Ryan Smith, Professor ...

Scientists find a female Leadbeater possum for first captive breeding program

By Greg Muller, Wednesday, 23 May  2012 http://www.abc.net.au/rural/telegraph/content/2012/s3509241.htm