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Sounds of the Forest Disappearing

Leadbeater’s Possum numbers are estimated to have peaked in the mid-1980s, when approximately 7500 were known in the wild. From then, it’s numbers have declined. Logging has impacted on its habitat and range. Devastatingly, the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009 burned around 45% of its remaining habitat. At Lake Mountain a population of 300 possums was reduced to just two family groups (5 individuals).  Late in 2011, 6-7 individuals were being monitored and supplementary fed on the plateau. There is now only an estimated 1500 Leadbeater’s Possums remaining in the wild and it may soon be admitted to the critically endangered list.

Leadbeater's possum.

Leadbeaters possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) adult Emblem of Victoria

The Denis Naphine government handed over all forest east of the Hume Hwy in Victoria to commercial paper  harvesters just days before the election…

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/victoria-state-election-2014/vicforests-given-control-of-commercial-logging-before-state-election-campaign-20141124-11sr5m.html

Videos of what is happening:

http://leadbeaters.org.au/video-and-photo-gallery/logging-media/

David Attenborough and Jane Goodall have called for support for mountain ash forest protection…..

http://http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/11/-sp-david-attenborough-jane-goodall-join-fight-create-national-park-victoria

This is “Sounds of the forest” with Dr David Lindenmayer, ANU if you need further persuasion.

 

“Nature in the Dark”

I attended this conference in Bendigo 4th November 2014. The video is worth watching.

“How are we, as humans, going to adapt to life on Earth? An odd question when we have been so spectacularly successful.As with many evolutionary misfits before us, it’s the scale of our success that is causing the destruction of our habitat.” Freya Mathews  Adjunct Professor of Environmental Philosophy at La Trobe University, where she co-coordinates Environmental Culture Research.

Barrier Fences

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THIS PHOTO HAS NOT BEEN DOCTORED

Australia 2014 is STILL building barrier fences to keep ‘vermin’ i.e. emus out of agricultural areas, directly across the bird’s migration route, the same bird that’s on our Coat of Arms!  Working with the character if the country is the obvious direction agriculture and governments should take, not simply altering a landscape to suit a market need.

“This example from Western
Australia corresponds with what’
is seen by many as a growing trend
for governments in Australia to
defend their land-use decisions by
ignoring, dismissing or contradicting
existing robust research on ecological
impacts of particular activities
(see, e.g. Fitzsimons 2012; Lindenmayer
2013).”

emus

Heres the full story;

Click to access ecological-connectivity-or-barrier-fence-critical-choices-on-the-agricultural-margins-of-western-australia.pdf