17 results for tag: Bushfire


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 department to see whether a regional forestry agreement for Victoria’s central ...

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' survival. Department of Sustainability and Environment project leader Bram Mason ...

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 new home for you, possums

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

Leadbeater’s possum on the brink of extinction

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/leadbeaters-possum-on-the-brink.htm TIME IS RUNNING OUT for the once thought extinct Leadbeater's possum (gymnobelideus leadbeateri). The possum, named after taxidermist John Leadbeater, was first declared extinct in the 1950s but was given a second chance at survival when a colony was rediscovered in a forest in Marysville in the 1960s. So significant was the occasion that Victoria made the small marsupial its state faunal emblem. About 40 to 50 per cent of the Leadbeater's habitat was wiped out during the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, which devastated the Marysville community. Leadbeater possum ...

Australia: Heatwave triggers bushfire alert

By Rowena Dela Rosa Yoon Jan 02, 2012 3:41PM UTC http://asiancorrespondent.com/73041/australia-another-heatwave-triggers-bushfire-alert/ Australia is on bushfire alert as a heatwave spreads across the southern states of Victoria and South Australia, with  temperatures soaring to over 40 degrees Celsius. One of the images on Black Saturday's bushfire in Victoria (Photo: News Ltd) Melbourne and Adelaide started the year with a daytime high of 40 degrees Celsius, AAP reported.  Sydney and Brisbane, meawhile, are reported to have a more tolerable levels at around 26-28 degrees Celsius, while Perth experiences around 31 degrees. Holiday-makers who ...

Like a voice in the wilderness

ROSSLYN BEEBY 17 Sep, 2011 12:00 AM http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/opinion/editorial/general/like-a-voice-in-the-wilderness/2295146.aspx?storypage=0# 'Life on earth is inconceivable without trees,'' the great Russian playwright Anton Chekov wrote in a letter to a friend in the late 1880s. ''Forests create climate, climate influences peoples' character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilisation nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe.'' And in the first act of Uncle Vanya, there's an environmental monologue, in which the country doctor Mikhail Astrov passionately rails against the destruction of Russia's forests ...

Leadbeater’s patrol helps feed possums

BY MELISSA CUNNINGHAM 07 Jun, 2011 04:00 AM http://www.maroondahweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/leadbeaters-patrol-helps-feed-possums/2186137.aspx FOR the past two winters, Friends of Leadbeater's Possum volunteers have skied and snow-shuffled their way across the Lake Mountain plateau above Marysville twice a week to feed the endangered possums. Natural food has been scarce for the endangered possum during the critical winter months since the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires ravaged the Yarra Ranges National Park. Volunteers provide food that includes a nectar mix prepared at Healesville Sanctuary. A passionate animal advocate and ...

Gains hard to price

Published "Letter to Editor" Scroll halfway down link: http://www.theage.com.au/national/letters/companys-action-unconscionable-20110620-1gbqt.html VICFORESTS' David Walsh says that wood would have gone to waste had the trees killed or severely damaged in the 2009 bushfires not been harvested (''Call for inquiry as salvaged wood exported'', The Age, 20/6). What a profit-at-all-cost mentality. Leaving fire-killed or damaged trees standing is not a waste. They create structure in the regenerating forest, sheltering new growth and providing homes to badly affected wildlife. Leadbeater's possum, for example, will rely on the protection provided by ...

Miracle of regeneration

Frances Atkinson - February 10, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/miracle-of-regeneration-20110209-1amjf.html TWO years on and the Black Saturday statistics continue to shock: 173 people died and more than 2000 houses were destroyed. On February 7, 2009, the temperature reached 46.4 degrees in Melbourne, the highest recorded in an Australian capital city. Winds reaching 100 kilometres an hour fanned a fire front reaching a height of 100 metres. But other statistics tell another story. When the 400 fires throughout the state finally burnt out, 90 per cent of Lake Mountain's Leadbeater's possums were dead, 300-year-old mountain ...