87 results for tag: Victorian Wildlife


Hello possum, you’re an emblem of extinction

Adam Morton - October 2, 2010 http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/hello-possum-youre-an-emblem-of-extinction-20101001-1614u.html IT IS not every day you get a chance to make an animal extinct twice. According to scientists, Victoria is steadily working on it. Leadbeater's possum, a marsupial endemic to native forest on Melbourne's fringe, was declared extinct in the 1950s, apparently wiped out by agricultural land-clearing around the Bass River in South Gippsland. It was rediscovered near Marysville in 1961 - an event considered so momentous it was chosen as one of the state's two faunal emblems. Its population peaked at about 8000 ...

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 findings, published in the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ...

VicForests accused of felling old-growth mountain ash

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/vicforests-accused-of-felling-oldgrowth-mountain-ash-20100628-zf5o.html ADAM MORTON - June 29, 2010 THE Victorian government's forestry arm will face a legal challenge over claims it illegally logged old-growth forest and increased the risk to a threatened species. Environmental groups accuse VicForests of felling dozens of pre-1900 ash eucalypts, breaching the Central Highlands Forest Management Plan. An impending legal case will also claim the timber agency failed to protect habitats necessary for the survival of Victoria's threatened faunal emblem, Leadbeater's possum. Ecologist Jacques Cop, from ...

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 Leadbeater's Possum, Brush-tailed Phascogale, and Broad-toothed Rat. The Association ...

State’s emblem nearly extinct

"The Age" - Peter Weekes August 5, 2007 THE tiny Leadbeater's possum, Victoria's state faunal emblem, could be extinct in a few years if its numbers continue to plummet. The population of the tiny nocturnal animal has dropped sharply since it was listed as critically endangered in 1996 - despite a decade-long joint federal and state recovery plan to save it. Research by Professor David Lindenmayer, of the Australian National University, has revealed that since the plan was imposed, the Leadbeater's possum population has halved to around 2000. The Australian Conservation Foundation's Lindsay Hesketh says unless logging bans are introduced to ...

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 concern because their population was already on the edge of extinction. KATE ...

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 Response team is a group of ecologists from a number of US Federal Government ...