Preserving old-growth forests is vital to saving the planet

Gavan McFadzean - June 22, 2009 http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/preserving-oldgrowth-forests-is-vital-to-saving-the-planet-20090621-cshx.html SO WHERE are the world's most carbon-rich forests? Not the tropical rainforests of the Amazon, Borneo or Africa's Congo Basin, according to research by the Australian National University. They are the tall, old-growth mountain ash forests of Victoria's Central Highlands — a 90-minute drive east of Melbourne. The researchers studied 132 forests from around the world to discover the regions that stored the most carbon. Their ...

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Healesville wildlife group digs deep for native wildlife

Healesville wildlife group digs deep for native wildlife 1 July 2009 Presentation of a generous donation from Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Association to aid A 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 ...

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Garrett moves to save ecosystems not specific species

Tom Arup The Age, August 18, 2009 ENVIRONMENT 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 ...

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Faunal Emblem Threatened: The animal victims of Black Saturday

Transcript of ABC TV Broadcast: 22/05/2009 Reporter: Kate Arnott TAMARA 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 ...

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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 ...

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Totally Wild Episode

The H.E.L.P girls recently spent a day with Parks Victoria Ranger Jo Antrobus and Healesville Sanctuary Threatened Species Keeper Paula Watson. They were filming an episode of the popular Channel 7 wildlife program Totally Wild in the Yellingbo State Faunal Conservation Reserve.  

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Special deal for special possums

By Tania Martin 2nd June 2009 FOUR hills friends are again doing their bit to make a difference. Twins Ellie and Mollie Travica of Emerald, Kallista's Elly Robertson and Emma Falconberg, of Berwick, are helping to save the endangered Leadbeater's possum. But they are not strangers to campaigning for worthy causes. Last October the girls made the finals in the Macquarie Bank Future Problem Solving Program with their bid to raise awareness for kids in East Timor. The Beaconsfield College students formed a group called YES (Youth for East Timor Squad) to highlight the ...

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It’s mission possum

BERWICK AND PACKENHAM DISTRICT JOURNAL A DWINDLING population of Leadbeater's possums has prompted a group of Beaconhills College students to lend a helping hand. The 12- and 13-year-old girls from Beaconhills' Village Campus in Berwick formed HELP - Helping Endangered Leadbeater's Possums - to rejuvenate the possum's natural habitat and to raise awareness of its demise. The possum, Victoria's faunal emblem, is critically endangered since Black Saturday's fires destroyed 43per cent of its natural habitat. About 1000 Leadbeater's possums are left in three known ...

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Hello possums, help’s on the way

Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Gazette; Star News Group FOUR Beaconhills College students are heading overseas to promote their campaign to save Victoria's endangered animal emblem, the Leadbeater's Possum. Emerald twins Ellie and Mollie Travica, Kallista's Elly Robertson and Emma Falkenberg, of Berwick, were recently named grand champions in the 2009 Macquarie Bank Future Problem Solving competition. They have now been invited to the US to compete on the international stage. But Emma Falconberg couldn't go, which led the girls to finding a new teammate. And now Berwic...

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Positive possum tale in the hills

FREE PRESS LEADER ARTICLE A GROUP of hills teenagers are taking their fight to save the leadbeater's possum global. Kallista's Elly Robertson, Berwick's Emma Falkenberg, and Emerald's Ellie and Mollie Travica, have formed a group called HELP - Helping the Endangered Leadbeater's Possum. The group has spent the past couple of months campaigning and raising money to support the declining leadbeater's possum population's fight for survival. The possums were badly affected by February's bushfires, which destroyed more than 75 per cent of their habitat in their ...

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