Wednesday, January 15, 2020

"Incredible, secret firefighting mission saves famous 'dinosaur trees'" in Australia

Set up for a Michael Crichton novel or Sydney Morning Herald?

"Wollemi National Park is the only place in the world where these trees are found in the wild and, with less than 200 left, we knew we needed to do everything we could to save them,” Mr Kean said.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service, backed by the Rural Fire Service, kept their efforts largely a secret to avoid revealing the location of the Wollemi pines.

Contamination from pathogens brought in by visitors could devastate the remaining populations.

"When the pines were discovered in 1994, you might as well have found a living dinosaur"