Saving this tree species from extinction
November 18, 2023 11:00 PM Subscribe
The project aiming to make sure this tree species doesn't go the way of the Tasmanian tiger. The Tasmanian tiger was driven to extinction, as was the Tasmanian emu and a myriad of plants — but it is hoped a bold move will save another iconic Tasmanian species, the Morrisby's gum. "The Morrisby gum, or eucalyptus morrisbyi, is one of the rarest eucalypts in Australia and a few years back, one of the main populations of that species suffered this catastrophic decline," plant sciences lecturer Dr Bec Jones, from the University of Tasmania, said. Rising temperatures, drying soils and heavy wildlife browsing saw one of the biggest healthy populations of eucalyptus morrisbyi in Tasmania plummet from 2,000 to just six adult trees in seven years. "A colleague at the University of Tasmania, Peter Harrison used climate modelling to predict areas that eucalyptus morrisbyi could inhabit under climate change," Dr Jones said. A couple of east coast property owners offered land, including Tom Whitehead, who manages the Okehampton property on Tasmania's east coast. "The chance of having a mature population here would be great to see in the future and going forward for future generations to enjoy as well," Mr Whitehead said. A stand of 1000 young trees was planted on the Okehampton property.