Some highlights from MJ’s stories during April 2020. More fire news than I expected, with some reflections on the impacts of last summer and post logging burning in full swing. Plus new research into alpine zones and efforts to help Alpine Ash forests recover through aerial seeding. And Mountain Cosmos – a website dedicated to podcasts about the mountain life.



IMGP9645Paradise at 12,000 feet

Backcountry skiing in the Central Rockies.


Mountain Culture

Mountain Cosmos – podcasts from the hills.


Mountain Journal turns 10

Wow. That went fast.


Environment and activism

Work starts on Snowy Hydro 2.0

It has been reported that the next stage of the Snowy Hydro 2.0 expansion has been given the green light, with approval for construction of the project’s ‘Segment Factory’.


Climate change may push some species to higher elevations


No fast track for dodgy developers

The community continues to oppose plans by the Tasmanian government to radically increase private commercial development in the state’s national parks and World Heritage Areas.

However, the government continues to push ahead with it’s anti environment agenda.


Leadbeater’s possum found in active logging site near Baw Baw

Recently, members of Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH) observed a critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum within an active logging coupe in the Central Highlands.


93116121_10218963957542775_8628959394995896320_oLogging in a time of COVID-19

Logging continues in the mountains of Victoria, despite the lockdown that is keeping most people at home.


Crush it for Climate

Activism and adventure for climate action.



Screen Shot 2020-04-14 at 8.07.46 pmShared firefighting in a hotter world

An overview of the scale of the firefighting effort that involves aerial firefighting, and the cost of keeping planes and helicopters on the fireground.


Revisiting the Tabletop fire (mt Hotham) three months on.


Fire impacts on the alpine treeline

Repeated fire is impacting the growth of snowgums at the treeline.


Reseeding the Alpine Ash forests

An update on aerial seeding programs which aim to help these forests survive after fires.


IMGP8969The impacts of the fires in Kosciuszko national park


Burning season in the Central Highlands

Post logging fires in the mountains east of Melbourne.


Sense of Place

92017102_1817193105083498_530105629839196160_oA journey from the headwaters of the Thompson River to the mouth of the Yarra River.