Mountain Journal

Environment, news, culture from the Australian Alps



news from the alps – climate change

To borrow a phrase from TV advertising, the current edition of the Australian Alps National Parks ‘news from the alps’  newsletter is a “must see” for anyone with an interest in our alpine environments.

Main Range, Snowies, NSW

The theme is climate change, and the newsletter pulls together a summary of the threats – and various complications that come with these threats – facing Australia’s alpine parks as a result of global warming.

A rather sobering take home message includes the following: “no longer will we be effective in building the Alps’ resilience simply by preserving all species in their current locations, but rather we need to make space and opportunities for them to self-adapt, re-organise, move. And we need to continue our efforts to remove the pest plant and animal species from the picture as this is a stress and a threat that we can control and minimise (unlike increased fire or reduced rainfall). We need to press on with connectivity conservation, again in the interests of space and adaptive movement, and we should also be poring over maps to help us spot potential refugia to focus our efforts on – sweet spots where Mother Nature, even under the influence of climate change, is more likely to be kind to biodiversity under threat”.

Surely, as we struggle with in-action on climate change both at the national and state levels, the work being done by a range of agencies and individuals across the alps becomes ever more important. As the editor notes, the many people profiled in this edition are doing visionary and necessary work and “this will make a profoundly positive difference to what would otherwise be a confronting future”.

You can download the newsletter here.

profile: Charley Daniel, W Tree, VIC

Home of Black Rainbow Printing (Snowy River Country)

A profile of legendary activist Charley Daniel.

The hill country of East Gippsland is probably not the place where you would expect to find an environmentally friendly printing service. But in the small township of W Tree, north of Buchan, Charley and his partner Jenny Doran have been running their specialty printing business for many years.

Charley has spent his life successfully fighting for the environment. He has a deep and passionate commitment to change through individual action. He has expressed this through his activism and his printing business for decades now.

You can find the profile here.

review: Old Growth. Australia’s remaining ancient forests

This book was published in 2009 and is a wonderful and evocative appreciation for old growth in Australia – in all it’s forms, including alpine trees across Tasmania and the Australian Alps.

Image: Peter McConchie

It brings together the work of 16 photographers in a beautifully presented book, drawn together by Mornington Peninsula-based photographer Peter McConchie.

A review can be found here.

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