Lichen wonderland – Mt Canobolas SCA

The wet and misty peaks of Mount Canobolas are home to ninety species of lichens, encrusting rocks, soil and trees, including four species that occur nowhere else on earth. A rare endemic community dominated by foliose Xanthoparmelia species is listed as Endangered and also occurs only on the higher parts of the Volcanic Complex. LichensContinue reading “Lichen wonderland – Mt Canobolas SCA”

New Report on Biodiversity Values of Mt Canobolas

A newly released report by the Canobolas Conservation Alliance (CCA) on the biodiversity values of Mt Canobolas has concluded that significant damage to biodiversity is inevitable if a large-scale mountain biking trail network in the State Conservation Area goes ahead. The report can be obtained by clicking the link above or by contacting the CCAContinue reading “New Report on Biodiversity Values of Mt Canobolas”

PRESS RELEASE | Conservation Alliance Releases New Report on Mt Canobolas

The Canobolas Conservation Alliance has released a new report by environmental consultant, Dr Colin Bower, on the outstanding biodiversity values of the Mt Canobolas State Conservation Area (SCA). The report has been released to Orange City Council and its consultants following Council’s mountain biking forum last Thursday at which Council concluded there was plenty ofContinue reading “PRESS RELEASE | Conservation Alliance Releases New Report on Mt Canobolas”

PRESS ARTICLE | Mount Canobolas mountain biking proposal rubbished by environmentalists

Environmentalists have told Orange City Council to “go back to the drawing board” over a proposal to turn Mount Canobolas into a “mountain biking mecca”. On Tuesday, Council floated spending $500,000 from the 2020-21 budget to prepare a development application to place 10 trails covering more than 60km on the mountain. Canobolas Conservation Alliance spokespersonContinue reading “PRESS ARTICLE | Mount Canobolas mountain biking proposal rubbished by environmentalists”

MEDIA REPORT|National Parks, volunteers discover 79 species on Mount Canobolas

TWO years of work following the Mount Canobolas bushfire have lead to the discovery of 79 additional recorded species, from fungi to mammals.   National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Steve Woodhall said staff and volunteers from the Orange Field Naturalist and Conservation Society captured the results across several surveys after the 2018 fire burnedContinue reading “MEDIA REPORT|National Parks, volunteers discover 79 species on Mount Canobolas”

PRESS RELEASE | New Rare Orchids on Mt Canobolas.

Two new threatened orchid species, the Canobolas Leek Orchid (Paraprasophyllum canobolense) and the Pink Spider Orchid (Caladenia boweri), known only from Mt Canobolas, have been formally named by Australia’s foremost authority on orchids, David Jones. Although the existence of the two species has been known for many years, their official naming as new species inContinue reading “PRESS RELEASE | New Rare Orchids on Mt Canobolas.”

EARTH FIRST | September was National Biodiversity Month – Think Local

National Biodiversity Month was a time to focus on our native flora and fauna, to acknowledge that world-wide, Australia’s reputation for protecting and conserving our unique biodiversity is not great.  We celebrated Wattle Day on September 1st and Threatened Species Day on September 7th, but this year September also saw a greater acknowledgement of climateContinue reading “EARTH FIRST | September was National Biodiversity Month – Think Local”

PRESS ARTICLE | Experts explore impacts of bushfire to rare lichen colonies on Mount Canobolas

Lichen experts examined the effect of the February 2018 bushfire on endangered lichen colonies, which were unique to Mount Canobolas, recently. The two Canberra-based scientists assessed any damage and gave maintenance advice to the National Parks and Wildlife Service for four lichen species that occur nowhere else in the world. Orange-based Dr Richard Medd invitedContinue reading “PRESS ARTICLE | Experts explore impacts of bushfire to rare lichen colonies on Mount Canobolas”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | ‘Please do not destroy this irreplaceable natural asset’

I wish to express my absolute opposition to the proposal to establish a mountain bike track, or any similar activity, on Mount Canobolas for the following reasons; 1) It would totally long-term destroy the ambiance of this pristine native area of bushland, with many species of trees and plants unique to this area, at riskContinue reading “LETTER TO THE EDITOR | ‘Please do not destroy this irreplaceable natural asset’”