5 results for month: 02/2013


A state of extinction?

December 7, 2012. Bridie Smith. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/a-state-of-extinction-20121206-2ay41.html Bushfires and logging have taken a terrible toll on the habitat of the rare Leadbeater's possum. How long can it survive? Bridie Smith and Tom Arup report. THE ground squelches underfoot, the forest a mass of branches criss-crossing between the slender trunks of mountain swamp gum and the ferny undergrowth. This is Leadbeater's possum country. And one of the tiny critters is about to get a rude awakening. It's late in the afternoon, but for the endangered nocturnal possum it's the middle of the night. Its round black eyes are fully alert by ...

The decline and fall of the forest’s grand old masters

December 10, 2012. Bridie Smith. http://www.theage.com.au/national/the-decline-and-fall-of-the-forests-grand-old-masters-20121209-2b3ln.html RESEARCHERS have put the globe's big old trees on a par with animals such as whales, lions and tigers that have low populations and are vulnerable to decline. Following a stocktake of the world's large old trees, Australian and American researchers have found that such trees - the largest living organisms on the planet - are declining at all latitudes. ''Just as large-bodied animals such as elephants, tigers and cetaceans [such as whales] have declined drastically in many parts of the world, a growing body of ...

Sending Leadbeater’s Possum down the road to extinction

14 December 2012, 2.28pm AEST Author David Lindenmayer Professor, The Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National Universityhttp://theconversation.edu.au/sending-leadbeaters-possum-down-the-road-to-extinction-11249We have studied the effects of current widespread clear-felling in Victoria’s Mountain ash forests for almost three decades. Clear-felling now loses large amounts of money for the state of Victoria, degrades the forest, erodes water catchment yields, increases fire risks, and is driving Leadbeater’s Possum – the state’s faunal emblem – to extinction. An alternative pathway is to reform (and significantly ...

Extinction alarm raised for possum

Tom Arup and Bridie Smith. December 17, 2012. http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/extinction-alarm-raised-for-possum-20121216-2bhid.html A TEAM of scientists and conservationists is pushing to escalate Victoria's faunal emblem, Leadbeater's possum, up the national threatened species list to critically endangered - one step below extinct. The group will make a submission to the federal government early next year, arguing that the possum numbers have declined sharply following a major hit to their habitat in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. Green groups also argue that logging is putting further pressure on the remaining animals. T...

Possum’s best mate

By Kath Gannaway. 21st February 2012 02:00:28 AM http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/mail/mountain-views/332/story/148995.html As someone who has made the bus and train trip into Melbourne's Supreme Court for every sitting of what he says is a gruelling battle between MyEnvironment and VicForests over the logging of three Toolangi coupes, he is a relative newcomer to the decades-old right to log debate. Standing on the steps of the court last week with fellow environmentalists, he said there was a common misconception about the need for dreadlocks and a Centrelink payment as a precursor to having a genuine concern for the environment. He and his wife ...