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TAKE ACTION: Call on the State Govt to Protect our Snow Gums

Snow Gums are the classic alpine tree of the Australian High Country. And they're now at risk! 

The species can survive fire. However, climate change driven fire seasons are leading to more frequent fire, which is causing more death of trees and changes to forest structure.

We are on the verge of losing the landscapes that we spent decades protecting.

In recent decades, climate-fuelled bushfires have devastated huge areas of the Snow Gum forests. More than 90 percent of Snow Gum habitat has been burnt at least once in the last 20 years. 

Will you call on the state government take steps to protect the iconic Snow Gum forests? 

Who's signing
Alan Hewett
Robert Glasson
Diane Davies
Maxwell Fitzsimmons
Robert Briggs
Sean Corrigan
Ildi Ehsman
Rachel Buchan
Helen Matthews
Adrian Rogers
Terry Cornall
Laura Binks
Marjorie Barrett
Peta Rogers
Robena Binks
Denise Fordyce
Will Comensoli
Peter Jacobs
Greg Jacobs
Matt Innes
Ro Swan
Karen Coffield
Geoff Stephens
Rebecca Burns
Jude Spedding
Ross Taylor
Tracey Quinn
Van Leeuwen Henk
Catherine McCredie
June Dunne

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Dear Minister Lily D'Ambrosio,
Climate change is making our fire seasons longer and more intense.

I appreciate that your government has responded to this threat, with additional funding for fire fighting efforts, and a quick response to the findings of the Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) investigation into the 2019/20 bushfires.

With growing threats caused by more frequent fires, it is clear that entire vegetation communities are now at risk. Your government’s program to aerial seed Alpine Ash is helping to keep that species – and the animals that rely on it – from ecological collapse.

It now seems that Snow Gums are facing the same threats that triggered the need to intervene to protect Alpine Ash. Across the Victorian mountains we are seeing localised collapse of Snow Gum woodlands because climate driven fires are occurring too frequently.

Climate change is also turbo charging another threat to the Snow Gum: dieback caused by a native beetle is spreading throughout the Alps, causing further loss of Snow Gums.

The best option if we want to head off this collapse of the Snow Gum communities is to exclude fire as they recover. This will require:

  • A rapid ecological assessment of the threats posed by fire and dieback to Snow Gum communities.
  • Ongoing funding for Forest Fire Management Victoria, including additional funding for remote area firefighting teams.

  • Continued support for air capacity to fight fires, including establishing a publicly owned air fleet, as was recommended by the Bushfire Royal Commission. This is the responsibility of the federal government.
  • Creation of volunteer remote area firefighting teams, as NSW, the ACT and Tasmania have done.

  • A commitment to ensure we have sufficient fire fighting resources to protect fire sensitive communities like Alpine Ash, Snow Gums, Alpine Peatlands and Rainforest even during summers like 2019/20.

I urge you to consider these recommendations.

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  • Alan Hewett
    signed 2022-07-01 10:34:09 +1000
  • Robert Glasson
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  • Diane Davies
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  • Maxwell Fitzsimmons
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  • Robert Briggs
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  • Sean Corrigan
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  • Ildi Ehsman
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  • Rachel Buchan
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  • Helen Matthews
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  • Adrian Rogers
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  • Terry Cornall
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  • Laura Binks
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  • Marjorie Barrett
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  • Peta Rogers
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  • Robena Binks
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  • Denise Fordyce
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  • Will Comensoli
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  • Peter Jacobs
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  • Greg Jacobs
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  • Matt Innes
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  • Ro Swan
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  • Karen Coffield
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  • Geoff Stephens
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  • Rebecca Burns
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  • Jude Spedding
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  • Ross Taylor
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  • Tracey Quinn
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  • Van Leeuwen Henk
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  • Catherine McCredie
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  • June Dunne
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