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Wed Jan 15, 2020, 02:00 AM

Incredible, secret firefighting mission saves famous 'dinosaur trees'

Desperate efforts by firefighters on the ground and in the air have saved the only known natural grove of the world-famous Wollemi pines from destruction during the record-breaking bushfires in NSW.

The rescue mission involved water-bombing aircraft and large air tankers dropping fire retardant. Helicopters also winched specialist firefighters into the remote gorge to set up an irrigation system to increase the moisture content of the ground fuels to slow the advance of any fire.

"It was like a military-style operation," NSW Environment and Energy Minister Matt Kean told the Herald. "We just had to do everything." While most of the Wollemi National Park has been burnt by the huge Gospers Mountain fire north-west of Sydney, specialist remote-area fire crews managed to ensure the so-called "dinosaur trees" survived.

"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.

https://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/incredible-secret-firefighting-mission-saves-famous-dinosaur-trees-20200115-p53rom.html



Fast Facts
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Claim to fame
One of the world's oldest and rarest trees

Scientific name
Wollemia nobilis

Family
Araucariaceae

Relatives
Kauri, Norfolk Island, Hoop, Bunya and Monkey Puzzle pines

When discovered 1994

Where discovered
200km west of Sydney in a rainforest gorge within the 500,000 hectare Wollemi National Park in the Blue Mountains

Discovered by
David Noble, a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Officer and avid bushwalker

Age
The Wollemi Pine belongs to the 200 million year old Araucariaceae family

Oldest known fossi
90 million years

Wild population
Less than 100 mature trees

Characteristics
Conifer with attractive, unusual dark green foliage, bubbly bark and sprouts multiple trunks

Growth habit
Fast growing in light, favours acid soils, and temperatures from - 5 to 45C (23 to 113F). Trials in the USA and Japan have indicated that it will survive temperatures as cold as -12C (10.4 F).

Size
The largest wild Wollemi Pine in the rainforest gorge is 40m tall with a main trunk of 63cm in width

Release date
2006 (check here for more details)

Conservation
Royalties from sales of the Wollemi Pine to support conservation of the Wollemi Pine and other rare and endangered plant species

Best use
Unique gift for special occasions (birthday, wedding, christening), a stunning patio and indoor plant (in well lit positions) and feature tree for parks and large gardens

https://wollemipine.com/

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 02:06 AM

1. Thanks for this heartening news, canetoad

Be well.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 02:12 AM

3. Thanks Hekate

There's a little cyclone sitting off Western Aust. and some big monsoon troughs spanning the country, so it looks like a bit of serious rain for the next week.

It's such a strange day; hot, humid and I can hear a big thunderstorm approaching but can't see a cloud - they sky is uniform pale grey from smoke!

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 02:08 AM

2. whew! some good news in all the horror!

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 02:14 AM

4. Yes, it is

I'd love to see these trees but the location is only known to a few people, in case of vandalism, but more importantly, imported pathogens that may infect them.

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Response to canetoad (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 02:19 AM

5. thanks for the photo and link ...

Tell 'em to send me some seeds; we'll get those things growing elsewhere to preserve the lineage.

It's a relief to know there are people willing to work so hard to preserve and protect such a rare living thing.

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 02:34 AM

6. YAY!!! Best news I heard in a while, thanks! (nt)

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 03:13 AM

7. This is good news!

I have been waiting to see what the outcome was after earlier reports they were under threat.

My little Wollemia is doing great in a pot here in Spain so far. They are a very cool tree to have. Hopefully with all the pics they published they haven't given away it's location.

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 03:34 AM

8. Save the dinosaurs! Err.. :p

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 04:38 AM

9. A wonderful gift for garden lovers!

AND a gift to the planet. Help perpetuate the species!

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 05:20 AM

10. This is amazing and wonderful news!

The Araucariaceae family is a unique family of living fossil trees from the age of the dinosaurs.

It is amazing that the incredibly small and isolated natural population of Wollemi Pines has survived for millions of years, and, yet, was only discovered in 1994.

The Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Rural Fire Service are true environmental warriors and heroes!

🦕 🌲 🦕 🌲 🦕

Ive seen large specimens of Monkey Puzzle trees, Norfolk Island Pines, Parana Pines, Bunya Pines and Araucaria montana in gardens and rare plant collections. However, Ive never seen a Wollemi Pine in cultivation. I really want to purchase a Wollemi Pine for my personal plant collection. Thanks for posting the Wollemi Pine link.

Its terrible that Australia is suffering from these horrific and devastating wildfires.
Hopefully, storms and rains will come soon.




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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 07:19 AM

11. Thank you - first I've seen about Australia that's given me hope. (nt)

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 08:02 AM

12. Wow.

That's dedication! Good on them.

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 08:29 AM

13. What a great post and what beautiful trees.

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 08:48 PM

14. Thanks for the link!

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