Monday, 10 January 2011

Gungho graziers want free grazing in our iconic national park

Keep your powder dry folks. It looks like this battle will have to be revisited.

Gazing into grazing future marks low point for high-country greenies


Stephanie Bunbury
January 9, 2011
Environmentalist Phil Ingamelis (above) says he has never seen the park flourishing like it is now, and he worries that the return of cattle grazing will affect the flora, including wildflowers growing near Falls Creek.

Environmentalist Phil Ingamelis (above) says he has never seen the park flourishing like it is now, and he worries that the return of cattle grazing will affect the flora, including wildflowers growing near Falls Creek (below).
''I haven't seen it looking like this in my lifetime,'' says Phil Ingamells, gazing at the field of Alpine daisies and emerging Billy Buttons and buttercups on a slope of Pretty Valley.

Ingamells, who runs the Victorian National Parks Association's project on park protection, is keen to show what the alpine plains look like without cattle grazing on them, picking bits from the spongy sphagnum moss beds to show how it holds water and pointing out the way new bog pools are forming within it. He laughs as he confesses how excited he is by peat beds.
Read more at www.theage.com.au

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