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SIGN OUR PETITION: 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
Natalie Rule
Ian Rainbow
Scarlet Sykes Hesterman
Mary Wade
Jenny Geer
Tony Marsh
Ildi Ehsman
Susan Linley
Jon Temby
David Bray
Peter Baker
Shrivi Aiyer
Tahlia Gibbons
Stephen Hall
Jennifer Patience
Alison Turner
Martin Oliver
Sue Forrester
Laurie Niven
Angela Davies
Den Finch-Walton
Pamela Twiss
Jordan Cargill
Nedo Bautovich
Mairead Murphy
Anthony Robinson
James Raphael
L Wilson
Rev Gordon McKenzie
Heung Ning Lo

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Dear Hon Ingrid Stitt,
 
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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  • Natalie Rule
    signed 2023-02-08 16:06:15 +1100
  • Ian Rainbow
    signed 2023-02-03 13:56:04 +1100
  • Scarlet Sykes Hesterman
    signed 2023-02-02 17:15:56 +1100
  • Mary Wade
    signed 2023-01-31 18:24:52 +1100
  • Jenny Geer
    signed 2023-01-28 13:39:46 +1100
  • Tony Marsh
    signed 2023-01-26 22:49:50 +1100
  • Ildi Ehsman
    signed 2023-01-20 21:55:02 +1100
  • Susan Linley
    signed 2023-01-20 15:21:02 +1100
  • Jon Temby
    signed 2023-01-20 15:01:12 +1100
  • David Bray
    signed 2023-01-20 11:58:37 +1100
  • Peter Baker
    signed 2023-01-20 11:49:24 +1100
  • Shrivi Aiyer
    signed 2023-01-13 01:20:22 +1100
  • Tahlia Gibbons
    signed 2023-01-11 11:32:12 +1100
  • Stephen Hall
    signed 2023-01-10 13:24:36 +1100
  • Jennifer Patience
    signed via 2022-12-16 19:10:58 +1100
  • Alison Turner
    signed via 2022-12-16 19:03:00 +1100
  • Martin Oliver
    signed 2022-12-16 16:43:18 +1100
  • Sue Forrester
    signed 2022-12-16 14:40:20 +1100
  • Laurie Niven
    signed via 2022-12-16 10:47:01 +1100
  • Angela Davies
    signed 2022-12-15 20:27:41 +1100
  • Den Finch-Walton
    signed 2022-12-15 20:05:26 +1100
  • Pamela Twiss
    signed 2022-11-21 20:51:58 +1100
  • Jordan Cargill
    signed 2022-11-17 15:32:27 +1100
  • Nedo Bautovich
    signed 2022-11-15 18:27:39 +1100
  • Mairead Murphy
    signed 2022-11-15 16:01:24 +1100
  • Anthony Robinson
    signed 2022-11-10 17:53:55 +1100
  • James Raphael
    signed 2022-11-05 12:23:10 +1100
  • L Wilson
    signed 2022-11-03 17:24:07 +1100
  • Rev Gordon McKenzie
    signed 2022-10-28 17:59:18 +1100
  • Heung Ning Lo
    signed 2022-10-21 14:26:38 +1100