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In the northern part Kosciuszko National Park, closer to Canberra in Australia a stand of Alpine Ash are completely destroyed. Unlike most Australian Eucalypts Alpine Ash is unique in that it drops seed onto the ground when it reaches maturity, which can take up to 50 years, to ensure its continuing life cycle. Due to the increasing frequency, intensity and length of bushfire season in Australia, the rare Alpine Ash, which was largely burnt in 2003, has not had time to regenerate. In parts of KNP the original Alpine Ash stands are now lost forever. With little environmental maintenance and increasingly hot summers in Australia bushfires are becoming more frequent. is The 2020 "Black Summer" bushfires that swept Australia were unprecendented in their intensity and expanse. It is estimated that over 5.6 million hectares of bushland were burnt and as many as a billion native animals were incinerated. Even in the little known, but vast and unique alpine regions of Australia the devastation was almost complete. In an area normally covered by snow for four months of the year Kosciuszko National Park was extensively damaged. In areas that normally would retain moisture all year round and at elevations of over 1200m fires ripped through vast swathes of indigenous landscapes. The ferocity of the fires caused catastrophic conditions in which little survived.