Military training areas and Conservation - Unexploded Reality

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Subject: Military training areas and Conservation - Unexploded Reality
From: Stephen Brooking <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:01:34 +1000
The practise bombing range at North Bundjalung NP here in the Northern Rivers 
is home to a wide range of threatened species, including Ground Parrot, Grass 
Owl, Coastal Emu, bucketloads of other birds, an amazing array of microbats, 
mammals galore, etc. The quality of the habitat is outstanding, again having 
never been cleared. I have been extremely fortunate to have been involved in a 
range of wildlife surveys there and can never forget how stunning the 
environment is there, but also how well everything does if we can just LEAVE IT 
ALONE (funny that). I will also never forget digging pitfall traps into the 
sand adjacent to the fenced off area containing WWII-era unexploded ordinance, 
being surrounded by ancient explosion craters (now wonderful little lagoons in 
the world-class Ground Parrot habitat!), and wondering just how long it would 
be before one of us went up! Thankfully we're all still here. Also, big thumbs 
up to the Air Force personnel at the time for courtesy and g
 enuine interest in our activities, they treated us very well and they were 
very proud that they were responsible (somewhat indirectly) for helping protect 
this amazing asset. And no, no weeds of note, just stunning habitat.

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