Mallee Emuwren, US National Parks

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Subject: Mallee Emuwren, US National Parks
From: Michael Hunter <>
Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2020 18:50:39 +1100
Does anyone know whether Mallee Emu-wrens have survived the fires ?

We toured California for a month just before their recent disastrous bush 
fires, some involving State and National Parks. California has more of these 
than any other State by far, and an extremely well developed Conservation ethic.

Trump has allowed commercialisation of National (not State)
Parks, eg logging.  This travesty is being challenged in the Courts and 
hopefully will be reversed , or delayed until the advent of a more sympathetic 
Administration, although that looks like being a long way off.

We didn't hear much about prophylactic burning, which would be patently 
impossible in say the Redwood Forests, and unsafe in the areas of recent 
conflagration, with loss of eight hundred houses in one report as proving the 
 Legal liability is a powerful deterrent. In Australia as well as in the USA.

The Californian Maquis type scrub needs occasional burning, probably is 
deliberately lit from time to time, I don't really know.

The US in practice does not have all the answers, and our Fire Services are 
well up there with them. 

To suggest that the whole of say East Gippsland or other usually high rainfall 
areas of Eastern Australia should have been regularly back burned is 
nonsensical, as is the concept of the Indigenous population having done so in 
those areas, (as opposed to the monsoonal North of Oz).

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