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Thredbo, Nsw
By Lisa Hogben
18 Sep 2020

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.

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Thredbo, Nsw
By Lisa Hogben
18 Sep 2020

The sheer enormity of the areas that have been incinerated in the bushfires in Australia at the beginning of 2020 is beyond imaginable. In the Snowy Mountains of south east Australia ít is almost inconceivable that an area larger than Switzerland that has been covered in ice and snow for millennia has now been reduced to ash.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.

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Thredbo, Nsw
By Lisa Hogben
18 Sep 2020

The Eucumbene River rises at an elevation of 1380m and runs through the high plains of the alpine areas. Snow is still visible on the burnt out vicinity. The sheer enormity of the areas that have been incinerated in the bushfires in Australia at the beginning of 2020 is beyond imaginable. In the Snowy Mountains of south east Australia ít is almost inconceivable that an area larger than Switzerland that has been covered in ice and snow for millennia has now been reduced to ash.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.

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Thredbo, Nsw
By Lisa Hogben
18 Sep 2020

In the northern part Kosciuszko National Park, closer to Canberra in Australia the remains of a brumby or feral horse lies in the midst of a large burnt out area. The feral horse population has increased in size since the first colonial settlers in the 1830's allowed horses to run free in the unique and pristine mountains and is the center of fierce debate in the community as to whether the horses are part of the heritage of the area or should be culled as feral animals. 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.

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Thredbo, Nsw
By Lisa Hogben
18 Sep 2020

Before the township of Kiandra was first established in 1859 as a gold mining town the Ngarigo and other Aboriginal tribes would gather there for hunting fishing and the Bogong moth ritual. After white colonisation Kiandra soon earnt its reputation as the birthplace of Australian skiing and lays claim to the oldest Alpine Ski Club in the world.. This is the historic old miners cottage with the remains of the famous Kiandra Courthouse in the background that were compltely destroyed. No-one thought that the bushfire across the Snowy Mountains could ever reach Kiandra or the upper reaches of the Eucumbene River because it was way up in the rolling plains of Australia’s high country. But it happened and early colonial history has has completely ravaged by fire. 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.

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Thredbo, Nsw
By Lisa Hogben
18 Sep 2020

In Australia's isolated alpine area stands a sign that is a testimonial to the devastation of a once pristine region. 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.

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Thredbo, Nsw
By Lisa Hogben
18 Sep 2020

In the northern part Kosciuszko National Park, closer to Canberra in Australia the carbonized remains of forests begin to resprout. The average period it takes to regrow some of the varieties of eucalyptus in the cold climate of KNP is up to 15 years. 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.

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Thredbo, Nsw
By Lisa Hogben
01 Sep 2020

In an area known as Siberia just 8km's from the internationally renown elite ski resort of Thredbo in the Kosciuszko National Park in Australia the carbonized remains of pristine Alpine Ash forests lie underneath the winter snow. 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. 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 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.

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Thredbo, Nsw
By Lisa Hogben
27 Aug 2020

In an area known as Siberia just 8km's from the internationally renown elite ski resort of Thredbo in the Kosciuszko National Park in Australia the carbonized remains of pristine Alpine Ash forests lie underneath the winter snow. 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. 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 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.

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Thredbo, Nsw
By Lisa Hogben
27 Aug 2020

In an area known as Siberia just 8km's from the internationally renown elite ski resort of Thredbo in the Kosciuszko National Park in Australia the carbonized remains of pristine Alpine Ash forests lie underneath the winter snow. 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. 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 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.

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Thredbo, Nsw
By Lisa Hogben
27 Aug 2020

In an area known as Siberia just 8km's from the internationally renown elite ski resort of Thredbo in the Kosciuszko National Park in Australia the carbonized remains of pristine Alpine Ash forests lie underneath the winter snow. 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. 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 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.

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Thredbo, Nsw
By Lisa Hogben
26 Aug 2020

In an area known as Siberia just 8km's from the internationally renown elite ski resort of Thredbo in the Kosciuszko National Park in Australia the carbonized remains of pristine Alpine Ash forests lie underneath the winter snow. 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. 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 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.