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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? 

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Naomi Cameron
June Geoff Fischer
Helen Martin
Mark Cramond
James Stranger
Merrill Jusuf
Stephen Yuen
Elizabeth Wade
Rachel Buchan
Justin Egan
Lynne Cage
Jan Mitchell
Judith Guantai
Adrian Rogers
Sue Lafferty
Mia Trujillo
Bernadette Evans
Linda Avramides
Darren Bowman
Luan Pendergrast
Geraldine Bate
Jemila Rushton

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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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  • Naomi Cameron
    signed 2021-10-21 00:37:15 +1100
  • June Geoff Fischer
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  • Helen Martin
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  • Mark Cramond
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  • James Stranger
    signed 2021-10-04 14:48:15 +1100
  • Merrill Jusuf
    signed 2021-10-03 11:32:48 +1100
  • Stephen Yuen
    signed 2021-10-01 12:18:46 +1000
  • Elizabeth Wade
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  • Rachel Buchan
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  • Justin Egan
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  • Lynne Cage
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  • Jan Mitchell
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  • Judith Guantai
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  • Adrian Rogers
    signed 2021-09-29 12:40:35 +1000
  • Sue Lafferty
    signed 2021-09-29 12:20:43 +1000
  • Mia Trujillo
    signed 2021-09-29 11:43:51 +1000
  • Bernadette Evans
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  • Linda Avramides
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  • Darren Bowman
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  • Luan Pendergrast
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  • Geraldine Bate
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  • Jemila Rushton
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