MEDIA REPORT |  Small in size, big in impact, scientists fear end for microscopic species

Richard Medd says Mount Canobolas is one of the state’s most rich and diverse ecosystems. (ABC Central West: Hamish Cole ) An increase in the number of threatened tiny plant species in country New South Wales is putting rare ecosystems at risk, according to scientists.  Key points: Scientists say a decline in microorganisms is putting rare ecosystems under increasedContinue reading “MEDIA REPORT |  Small in size, big in impact, scientists fear end for microscopic species”

PRESS RELEASE | Mountain biodiversity under the microscope

Leading scientists specialising in mosses, liverworts, hornworts and lichens have been engaged by the Orange Field Naturalist and Conservation Society (OFNCS) to research species occurring in the Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area (SCA). Bryophyte biocrust Mount Canobolas SCA. Image by Rosemary Stapleton The scientists from the Australian National Herbarium, a part of the Centre forContinue reading “PRESS RELEASE | Mountain biodiversity under the microscope”

EARTH FIRST |  Mount Canobolas a precious area for all

Orange City Council has recently released the draft of it’s Community Strategic Plan. This Plan has been the result of wide community consultation to determine our community’s priorities to be acted upon during the term of our current Council. “Maintaining environment must be our number one priority” It is no surprise that the number oneContinue reading “EARTH FIRST |  Mount Canobolas a precious area for all”

Letters to the editor – GREENIE’S A Proud Tag to Have

As the preservation of our natural environment and the need to stop global warming were turned into political footballs, the term Greenie was adopted by those more focused on development and profit as something of an insult when referring to their detractors. Do the cursers know that it is a badge worn with pride byContinue reading “Letters to the editor – GREENIE’S A Proud Tag to Have”

EARTH FIRST :  Balance needs to be found. Now is the time to find a solution

Environmentalists have consistently questioned the environmental wisdom of a placing mountain bike tracks within the Mt Canobolas State Conservation Area. The “balanced” solution is to consider only having mountain bike tracks in the 1000s of hectares of State Forest surrounding the State Conservation Area, not within it.At a recent Council meeting, State member for Orange,Continue reading “EARTH FIRST :  Balance needs to be found. Now is the time to find a solution”

Letters to the editor – FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE

When are politicians going to realise that the balance had been tipping away from the environment for decades [“Find the balance: Donato” CWD 17/3/22]. If we can’t find somewhere more suitable to place a huge, destructive, bike track than in the middle of a beautiful island of rare remnant bushland, so little of which isContinue reading “Letters to the editor – FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE”

Letter to the Editor |  LA LA LA … we can’t hear you

Ever been in a situation where something you have said to someone hasn’t been heard so you’ve had to raise your voice and repeat yourself? Unfortunately, in regard to the warnings of the destructive impact that mountain bikes will have on the Canobolas Conservation Area, it seems Orange City Council doesn’t want to hear whatContinue reading “Letter to the Editor |  LA LA LA … we can’t hear you”

Letter to the Editor |  Vision the key for mount

I’m confident that if the proposed mountain bike track succeeds in being built, future generations will say: “You mean, Orange City Council actually went ahead and built that 100km network of bike tracks on Mount Canobolas, despite the strong opposition from First Nations people, scientists and concerned community groups. Didn’t they understand the importance, significanceContinue reading “Letter to the Editor |  Vision the key for mount”