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Impressions of humanity in wilderness

We have an enlargement of this image printed on stretched canvas, hanging on the wall of our living room. In its abundance and purity, water underpins the richness of our rainforest home and this image beautifully captures the celebrity of its most central supply. As a family, we spend a surprising amount of time discussing […]

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What is Wilderness? (Part 3)

“An infamous media type said, ‘In essence we’re a conceited naked ape but in our mind we’re a divine legend and we see ourselves as some sort of God that we can walk around the earth deciding who will live and die and what will be destroyed and saved.’ Wilderness has no gods or one […]

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Climate Change Less Threatening to Declared Reserves?

Last August, a panel of scientists from the Australian Greenhouse Office and the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), called on the federal and state governments to expand the number of nature reserves in Australia in a bid to protect animal populations from climate change. Following on from Queensland’s climate-linked plan of doubling its […]

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Blue Gums in Grose Valley Healthy After Back-Burning

Just over a year ago media reports indicated the Blue Gum Forest of the Grose Valley was “hanging in the balance” because of a wildfire made “more intense, unpredictable and extensive by massive backburning operations”. I trekked into the forest today and was surprised and pleased to see a beautiful forest with little evidence of […]

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Melbourne Benefits from Killing Barmah Brumbies

Public submissions in response to the Draft Feral Horse Management Plan for Barmah Forest close today. The plan proposes the removal of horses from the Barmah Forest firstly by using lure and trap techniques over two years, which will commence following the approval of a final plan. The removal program would be reviewed annually and […]

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The Cumulative Impact of Rainforest Research

In the late 1990’s, a scientific ‘pig-exclosure’ project was established in the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree National Park. The project involved the construction of an 80 metre square fence, anchored aggressively to the ground with steel trimmer bar and pegs. The site selection encompassed much of the very restricted, endangered and previously studied […]

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Mountain Cattlemen Defy Government Ban

Last June the Victorian State Government banned cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park. A protest website emerged at about the same time. According to the most recent newsletter from this website: Several small mobs of cattle are continuing to move slowly across the Alpine National Park. This is a week-long protest by many Mountain […]

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People and National Parks: Are They Compatible?

The total area of land now under conservation protection worldwide has doubled since 1990, when the World Parks Commission set a goal of protecting 10 percent of the planet’s surface. That goal has been exceeded, with over 12 percent of all land, a total area of 11.75 million square miles, now protected. That’s an area […]

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National Parks to be Baited with 1080

I was recently faxed through a summary of research findings on the impact of aerial baiting on spotted quoll populations. The report is now available at the NSW National Parks website here. There seems to have been a collective sigh of relief that baiting with 1080 for wild dogs will now occur in some National […]

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