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Logging Could Doom Tiny Australian Possum to Extinction, but One Zoo Offers Hope | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | Scientific American

As David Lindenmayer, a professor of ecology at Australian National University, wrote last week in The Conversation, about half of the mountain ash forest in Victoria that is available for logging will be cut down by 2016.

Three months ago Lindenmayer resigned from a government task force charged with protecting the possum, citing lack of government action to slow the pace of logging.

… Lindenmayer is calling for a 50 to 75 percent reduction in Victoria logging, the establishment of a national park to protect mountain ash trees—the planet’s tallest flowering plants—and creating “retention islands” where pristine lands preserve habitat for the possums and other species.

For more on this story, visit: Logging Could Doom Tiny Australian Possum to Extinction, but One Zoo Offers Hope | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network.

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