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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Photo ups ante in fight to save possum

BY: GRAHAM LLOYD The Australian December 04, 2012 FEDERAL Environment Minister Tony Burke has been urged to stop logging in Victoria's state forests after the emergence of photographic proof that endangered Leadbeater's possums are living near the Gun Barrel Coupe in Toolangi. More than 1000 photographs of two possums, the Victorian state emblem, were recovered from motion-sensor cameras last weekend. MyEnvironment director Sarah Rees said the pair were "literally hanging on for survival in 'emergency housing', a decrepit tree in an old logging coupe". The discovery of ...

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Possum protection under investigation

November 2, 2012, The Age , Tom Arup The federal government is reviewing whether Victoria breached a national forestry deal by not properly protecting Leadbeater’s possum, the state’s endangered faunal emblem, from logging. In a letter to federal independent MP Tony Windsor, Environment Minister Tony Burke said his department was reviewing documents from a recent Supreme Court  case over three proposed logging coupes near Toolangi from state-owned timber company VicForests. Mr Burke said that, if necessary, the department would then consult with the federal forestry ...

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Toolangi festival expects 200

21 Sep 12 @ 03:09pm by Elaine Phelan and Kimberley Seedy http://lilydale-yarra-valley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/toolangi-festival-expects-200/ ORGANISERS of a free camping festival in Toolangi State Forest this weekend say they are expecting at least 200 people. When the Leader visited the camp earlier today at least four dome tents had been erected behind a council-approved canvas shelter at the intersection of Monda Track and Myers Creek Rd. Central Highlands Action Group member Ben Baker told the Leader said the group was against logging in Toolangi and ...

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VicForests posts loss after ‘challenging year

Leslie White |  September 13, 2012 http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2012/09/13/538471_latest-news.html 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 ...

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A new home for you, possums

THE last three known remaining Leadbeater's possums from the Lake Mountain colony have been rescued following concern for their survival. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/a-new-home-for-you-possums/story-fn6bfkm6-1226273123396 State Wide From: Herald Sun February 17, 2012 12:00AM The possums, two young males and an adult female, were found last week and taken to Healesville Sanctuary. The move follows work by volunteers from the Friends of the Leadbeaters groups, who braved weather extremes over the past three winters to feed, monitor and ensure the animals' ...

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