December 11 is International Mountain Day.
Around the world, mountain environments are threatened by climate change and destruction of natural environments. It is the same here in Australia, where we are starting to see the local collapse of mountain forests – both Alpine Ash and Snow Gum – due to climate driven fire regimes (and, in the case of Snow Gum, dieback caused by a native beetle).
There is much we must do to protect these wonderful environments, including building our capacity to fight fires effectively in mountain areas.
And please join the citizen science project if you’re planning on visiting the VIC/ACT/ NSW mountains this summer.