Environmental Scientist, Dr Cilla Kinross, outlines the likely impacts of mountain bike tracks on Mount Canobolas saying ‘This park is small, too small…..to contain such a large development…..without severe environmental damage.’
Tragically, almost all of the original 825 square kilometres of Mt Canobolas volcanic complex bushland has been cleared and the unique biodiversity is clinging to survival in just 1,672 ha in the State Conservation Area.
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Orange City Council is pushing for 63km of mountain bike tracks in the State Conservation Area (managed by National Parks) on Mt Canobolas. This area was set aside to protect natural values and threatened species. It was NOT set aside for large-scale commercial operations. The state government is supporting OCC however with a proposal toContinue reading “VIDEO | Mountain bike rider voices concerns about proposed Mt Bike trails in Mt Canobolas SCA”
Mountain bike tourism beats a path to Mount Canobolas, but boom could have conservation downsides. ABC Central West radio. By Micaela Hambrett. 4 September 2018. Dr Richard Medd, a former government ecologist, said he had grave concerns for the proposed trail development’s ecological consequences. “There’s species we know about which aren’t named yet. It’s an incredibly importantContinue reading “ABC NEWS | Mountain bike tourism boom – conservation downsides”
Two native orchids not seen since the 1980s may re-emerge this spring from the ashes of the February wildfire on Mt. Canobolas. The orchids, a Spider Orchid and a Leek Orchid, are both new to science and known only from Mt. Canobolas. Both were first found after the 1982/83 wildfires and haven’t been seen sinceContinue reading “PRESS RELEASE | Orchids from the Ashes”
Soils, vegetation, wildlife, water and other visitors are highlighted as degrading impacts from the proposed construction of dedicated mountain biking tracks on the fragile environment of Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. The potential for introduction of phytopathogens and exotic plants and animals is a real risk. Read the full article on Central Western Daily Continue reading “EARTH FIRST | The five areas that would be impacted by trails on the Mount”
Read the article on Central Western Daily Dr Col Bower and Dr Murray Fletcher STILL UP IN THE AIR: Debate continues to rage over the merits of a mountain bike proposal for Mount Canobolas. Good balance is needed to ride a bicycle. But what about the calls for balance in the mountain-bike-versus-conservation debate on Mount Canobolas? TheContinue reading “LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Balanced view sees no room for bikes on Mount Canobolas”
The following piece was published by the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange in their weekly ‘Earth First’ column … Standing sentinel over Orange in the cleared landscape of the Central West is a 12-million-year-old volcanic remnant. Mount Canobolas has been dormant since its formative years, but NSW government policy is causing a rumble. This government hasContinue reading “EARTH FIRST | There’s plenty of dollars but little sense in Mount Canobolas proposal”
Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area hosts State, National and even some features of Global significance. A recent nomination of the reserve’s special features has been accepted by NSW’s Environmental Agency Head for consideration as an Area of Outstanding Biodiversity Value THE Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area (SCA) has been nominated to the state government asContinue reading “PRESS RELEASE | Mount Canobolas to be Area of Outstanding Biodiversity Value?”