Pines Before People
Incredible, secret firefighting mission saves famous ‘dinosaur trees’.
Seventeen people have died in NSW bushfires. I’d like to know if these resources could have saved any of them – or the property of thousands of others. The trees have survived innumerable bushfires. This entire operation was nothing more than a greens-appeasing stunt. Note also “ground fuels” had to be counteracted – something that is strictly illegal for citizens protecting their families.
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.”
“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.
To avoid revealing the location from the people who own the trees and all of the resources sent to “save” them. More importantly, to avoid taxpayers with ash-heaps where homes used to be from learning a multi-million dollar operation was underway for a stand of trees. You can buy them at nurseries, by the way.
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