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Most of the August National Parks Journal is now available on the web. To get a full paper copy to read at leisure, please subscribe! For future issues, we will be experimenting with Acrobat (.pdf) files. This should result in quicker publication on the web and a prettier result but you might need to check that your browser has the necessary plug-in. If not you can probably download one free.


For those who are interested see the notice on our Community Biodiversity Survey Manual


Assistance with NPA website. From time-to-time members ask if there is anything they could do to help improve the NPA website. The answer is yes! Here are a few ideas:

1. Link Checking: Our site contains hundreds of links within and outside our site, sometimes a link may cease to work because the other page is deleted or moves to another address. We try to catch these changes but we sometimes miss some. It would be helpful if someone could check every link on every one of our pages regularly, say once a month.

2. Journal index: We do have a paper and electronic copy of an index of back issues of the NPJ but we do not have it linked to the articles as posted on the web. It would be a straightforward but tedious task to provide these links. It would be even more useful to maintain the index every two months to match our publication frequency, rather than every two years as with the paper version.

3. Pre-publication: Before a page appears on the web-site certain work must be done. There are probably many documents that already exist that could be published on the web. This work would be suitable for someone who comes to the office. All documents prepared in-house for publication (educational material, brochures, press releases, advertisements etc.) could also be considered for web publication. Guidelines for web publications are available from the office.

4. Favourite Topics. If there is something that someone is keen on, eg. a place or a creature etc. then they could prepare a short page on it by following the guidelines mentioned above.

5. Journal Capture: Every two months we have a new National Parks Journal to post on the web. This involves many hours work extracting useful text from the PageMaker files supplied by the editor. This is a job for a skilled and patient person but offers scope for considerable individual expression in the design and layout of the electronic version. Some training is available.

If you would like to volunteer then please contact Kristi at the NPA office (Ph: (02) 9233 4660 Fax: (02) 9233 4880) or send an e-mail to webmaster Edith.

Subject: Centennial Parklands now online

Dear National Parks Association of NSW,

The Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust is proud to launch Centennial Parklands Online, an opportunity to explore the parklands' attractions from cyberspace.

This fully indexed and searchable Internet site features cutting edge multimedia technology using customised software from Macromedia Flash and Real Space. The site was developed on behalf of the Trust by Giganet Pty Limited. Contract web developer with Walmac Interactive Media, Mr Chris Walker said "the site is unique in its approach to graphic and image mapping capabilities". The site includes:

zoomable colour photographs
panoramic virtual reality scenes of the parks
interactive park map with pan and zoom, showing feature locations
interactive trees map with photographs
an online events booking form
floating did you knows
extensive links

Centennial Parklands Online can be browsed at: http://www.cp.nsw.gov.au

Ross C Johnson


New Homepage Design After 18 months of red of green, we have finally changed the design to white and yellow on maroon. We hope that our visitors will find this easier to read and quicker to load. Please tell us what you think of it.

Subject: Journal article on Pine Brush
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 15:22:13 +1000
From: Vivienne Legg & Dyson Devine <
gaiaguys@nor.com.au>

Dear Glyn,

We just got a copy of your
August Journal. Good work (in general) and thanks for the platform. I have a couple of small bones to pick with you, but you probably expected that.

You wrote, “We did some minor editing of it to avoid getting myself and NPA caught in a libel suit, but the substance of it was left alone - it was just specific names that were left out.”

“The Environmental Defender's Office and the National Parks Association of NSW have not pursued their formal assertions that the significant conservation values live OUTSIDE a sham conservation agreement area.” was changed to:

“Conservation groups have also not pursued formal assertions............”

Presumably you are worried that the EDO will sue you (for stating a provable fact???) or, worse yet, YOU will sue YOURSELF?????!!!!!!!!

The worst thing was the dreaded insertion of “alleged” in front of “errors of fact”. They are INDISPUTABLE FACTUAL ERRORS, NOT ALLEGATIONS (ie:assertions unsupported, and by implication, regarded as unsupportable)!!!!!! That's very weak of the NPA, and I notice that you seek a solicitor. Presumably you have legal advice we lack, and if you can enlighten us about who is now going to sue us for libel, we'd naturally be very grateful. I hardly think the draft we sent you (published in full on the WWW) will be our worry given the content of the REST of
our website.

And I wonder if WE"LL ever be able to put something in the NPA scrapbook. And I wonder if Noel and the gang will ever deign to answer our email, sent to you and them repeatedly. (see website)

Anyway, for whatever role you may have played in getting the Journal to us, we thank you, Glyn, and please let us know if we can help you in any way.

Incidentally, thanks for introducing the word, "perfidity". Very apt.

Cheers, and thanks again. ( :D)(& :V)

Appropriate Recreation. Our policy no. 20 was adopted at the March meeting of State Council following many months preparation by Alan Catford and his team. Click here to read it.

Mootwingee. We have a page of photos taken on a visit to the park last weekend (9 May 1998). This park will be the first to be affected by the Aboriginal Ownership legislation. Unlike other parks, in this area the aboriginals have maintained a presence near the park and these aboriginal people are from only one tribal group. The last ceremonies were held there as recently as 1948. In 1983 they protested that the NPWS was not adequately protecting the art and other evidence of active occupation of the area. The Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council conducts tours of the site a few times a week, well worth a visit. Younger members of the aboriginal community are keen to see the park preserved for their children and grandchildren however we are concerned that some of the advisers have a pro-development view of the park. NPA would not like to see another Yulara resort in this park. Click here to see the photos, the page is very long but it was quicker to publish the lot than to pick and choose.

National Parks Journal: The April 1998 issue (most of it) is now available on the Internet now that all of our members should have received their copy in the mail. Click here to see it. Also most of the February 1998 issue, click here to see it. Click here to subscribe. How the west should be won: Lecture series on the flora and fauna of Western NSW: Here is the programme - Visitors are welcome.

Illawarra Escarpment. The NPA State Council held its March 1998 meeting at the Nan Tien temple near Wollongong. bushwalk map - Bulli above Clifton and Stanwell ParkThe next day many councillors and branch members went for an easy walk along the top of the escarpment, starting 4km north of Sublime Point (off a dirt road 500 metres south of the Boomerang Golf Course on the old Princes Highway) following the "Forest Walk" northwards towards Stanwell Park. The track is over a mining lease but the surface seems in very good shape, once past the inevitable dumped cars at the end of the access road. The track passes a saddle between the cliff edge and the head of a rainforest gully, on one side there are wind-pruned stunted eucalypt shrubs, on the other cool open rainforest. Click on the map to enlarge it.

We have over 200 members living in the Illawarra district. If you would like to meet other members living in the Illawarra or if you would like to join the National Parks Association, please phone the office (02) 9233 4660 or send us an e-mail at npansw@bigpond.com.

The first photo is a view looking east from above Coalcliff. There is a narrow strip of industry between the foot of the escarpment and the sea.

The next photo is a view looking north near Stanwell Tops. The bush is recovering well from the 1994 fires.

These photos and maps have been scanned using a Mustek flatbed scanner kindly donated to the NPA by Rodney Lester. Thanks Rodney.

Port Macquarie extensions: see this and other news in our media releases. Risk-taking, some news. According to the ABC, the High Court has finally begun to do something to protect public land managers from unreasonable claims from accident victims. Click here to read a transcript. This will be good for us in the long term as it should slow the trend towards defensive over-regulation of outdoor sports like bushwalking. Also we hope that there will be less need for notices and fences in wilderness areas.

"Never-ending Bushwalk" .
Cover picture from Never Ending Bushwalk book
(View from Mt. McLean, near Lithgow)
I have just written a review of a book about two men who walked from western Victoria to Cape York. It should appear in the February Journal. Click here to read more.


The December Journal is beginning to appear on this site, now that all members should have received their copy in the mail.


Wollangambe Black Sun, 21 Dec 1997 15:06:45 +1000. Inspected burnt parts of Wollangambe Wilderness this weekend - an extremely hot fire. Deaths included 1 bandicoot, several hundred Olearia quercifolia (a rare daisy bush that grows in swamps), several thousand Eriostemon obovalis (a rare plant that grows on ridgetops). Survivors included Brush-tailed possums high in Brown Barrel trees, many species of birds and a few species of frogs, water skinks and rainforest trees in canyons including Southern Sassafras & Mountain Oliveberry. Gooch's Crater is very black, just like it was in 1980!
Bye,
Roger Lembit
gingra@ozemail.com.au (from aus.bushwalking newsgroup)

Subject: MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 1998 Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 23:18:13 PST From: "CALL ME" <hotfrogforever@hotmail.com>

Hello Tom , Must say you were prompt and the critique is great response and constructive in that it spurs me on to get the page into a functional format, just haven't had the time experiment and I am picking up the techniques like riding a motorbike, there is no instructor who can save you in html. I will try to improve and am working on the links now. The Geocities file manager is a bit slow in working hours here because of the traffic, I estimate they are cycling about 3.3TB at the moment because they have given all free pages a 50% bonus up to 3MB per page and on the latest bulletin they have passed a population of 1.1 million users. The server must be a big one or they are calling in commercial space. I have wondered how long that this can last but if the advertisers get 1% response rate they are in $$$. This situation is useful to the students and citizens alike but the integrity of the show will be the process to watch. If you browse GeoCities you will see that there is a Neighbourhood Watch.

Other links coming with the frogs are goodies;

you may well know the new State of Environment NSW 1997 release on Monday this week: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/soe/97/ and a particularly interesting one which Dietrich Willing passed on to me as the Nobel Prize 1997 site: http://www.au.nobel.se/ could keep you reading until well into 1998. I attach a recent news break on the state of deformity and salamanders in a word 7 attachment also a green and gold bell frog (html and jpg) hotmail can hit attachments up to 1000k, some of my friends are terrified [so are we, please contact Robert if you want him to send you the attachments]. Thanks to you and to the NPA again for an interesting year, best wishes to your family and the NPA web mistress who has worked tirelessly on the project.

Cheers Robert Cordia


Hi, the NPA web page looks great! I nice addition I think would be to add a page with a list of NPA member's e-mail addresses (of course only if they submit it for inclusion). This would be a great way to keep in touch with people you meet on walks, and perhaps to get information from activity leaders.

Andrew Walker
(Member Southern Sydney Branch)
ajw01@uow.edu.au

If anyone else feels the same way they could send in a message and we could build up a members directory. A few leaders mention their e-mail addresses and most branches publish the e-mail addresses of at least one member of their committee.


Here is a good site that we have just noticed:

The Paralysis Tick (Ixodes holocyclus) of Australia home page

Coming soon ! - some pages on wetlands, starting with Narran Lake and Macquarie Marshes. These are copies of leaflets from the office. If you have any good photos that you would like to share please let us know

Minister Replies to Aboriginal Ownership Discussion. Mrs. Allan has kindly submitted an article in response to our story in the February National Parks Journal (not on this site) and subsequent letters to the editor (later issues are on this site). A letter to the editor will appear in the December NPJ, meanwhile to read a more comprehensive response, click here. Thanks Pam.


From: Carol Meuth <MeuthC@valero.com>
To:
npansw@bigpond.com
Subject: These People Need Your HELP!
Date: Friday, 17 October 1997 3:43:am

I am pleading for your help. Please check out this website: http://www.nor.com.au/users/gaiaguys/

Viviene and Dyson are fighting to preserve their home in New South Wales, Australia, which happens to be an ancient rainforest full of endangered flora and fauna. Their local government officials are trying to pull a fast one - time is of the essence! Please do what you can to help! Read their entire website and if possible link to their website. Their plight is documented in detail. It is up to us ALL to get the word out and helping them is helping ourselves and our children! Please GET INVOLVED!!!

Note from the editor: We are not in a position to fully read, much less endorse, the claims in this enormous site so a link will not be appearing on our links page for a while. However, the link canvasses many environmental issues which are controversial or exciting so we copy Carol's letter here.


Have a look at the Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories Australian Geographic Place Names (Gazetteer) website at
http://www.erin.gov.au/database/MAN200R.html

You type in a place name such as "Feathertop" and it responds with

Place Name: Feathertop, Mount
State/ Territory: Victoria
Place Type: Mountain, Peak (MT)
Latitude/ Longitude: 36 53'44"S 147 08'13"E (-36.89549 , 147.13693)
1:100,000 Map Sheet: 8324
1:250,000 Map Sheet: SJ55-03

Plus you get a rough map showing you the general location of that feature. All in all it's a pretty nifty site.

Posting by Jim Fraser to the aus.bushwalking newsgroup.


Have you checked our links page lately? We have a few new links to sites to explore. Also we are beginning to put up the October 1997 Journal. (27/9/97)


We have received this note from our ISP. We haven't found anything worse than usual here but if you do, please let us know.

Hi everyone,

We have had a recent attack on our system, and are currently rectifying the problem. If you have a web page on our server, can you please check it, as you may find some abusive language on it. The attacker has placed some unpleasant material on various web pages. Can you please advise us if your web page has been tampered with. Again, we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Regards, The Speed Crew.

The NSW NPWS site appears to be up and running (finally !!!) although there is still no link from the NSW gov. home page ;
http://www.npws.nsw.gov.au/index.html
Not much unexpected stuff (or a lot of detail ! ), but it looks reasonably well presented.
Cheers, Geoff
(Quote from aus.bushwalking )
Edith is back, so business as usual on the NPA web site :)

Volunteers are frequently able to offer valuable service in our State Council office. Our most recent was Rojenette who was on work experience from Willoughby Girls High School. Her work included indexing our map collection and preparing information packs for enquirers and new members. Young or old, if you have some time to spare, please consider volunteer work with us. Please contact Kristi McDonald to discuss how you can help the cause of nature conservation and responsible recreation by volunteering your time. Activities range from office services through membership promotion to research in libraries, museums and the field.


ACCESS ISSUES IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS. This essay giving a climber's perspective was also found on the aus.bushwalking news group.

Access for climbers, abseilers and canyoners in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia, has become a topical issue recently as attempts are made by local authorities to balance the sometimes conflicting interests of recreation and conservation. Following email correspondence with John Davis in New Zealand, I compiled some of my impressions about the current situation, hoping that it might encourage discussion on this issue. My information has been obtained from a variety of sources and I am not sure if all of it is accurate or up-to-date, so any corrections or clarifications would be most welcome.

Click here to read on.

Adrian W Philbey (philbea@agric.nsw.gov.au)


Main Range, Qld. This story has just been posted to the aus.bushwalking news group by J. Shera (20 July 1997). I thought it worth sharing.

"I would like to relate an interesting experience on our last Main Range walk. We planned to walk from Spicer's Gap to Teviot Gap in a leisurely four days from the 28/6 to the 1/7. We were dropped off at the Spicer's Gap road at 8.30 am on Saturday 28th June. The day was overcast as we walked up the north-west ridge of Spicer's Peak. By 11.30 we had traversed the long summit ridge of Spicer's, and we were descending through the rainforest south of Spicer's.

I saw a lone figure in front of us.

Click here to read on.

I wonder how he went in the marathon???"


Above transferred from NPA Scrapbook 13 Jan 2000.

Wollemi Wilderness Area

The Wollemi wilderness is only 80 kilometres from Sydney, but it's harsh country- a labyrinth of gorges, ridges, cliffs, deep hollows and scattered humps of mountains- far removed from the sprawling seething city.

The NPWS proposal to reserve Wollemi as a wilderness area is now on public exhibition for three months [less by the time you read this]. Unfortunately the wilderness area proposed for protection is little more than half the size of the area proposed by the Colo Committee. Please make a submission supporting the protection of this wilderness, the state's largest.

To make a submission directly you should write to the Director-General, NPWS, PO Box 1967 Hurstville, NSW, 2220. For more information on the wilderness status of the Wollemi please phone Felicity Wade, Wilderness Society, on (02) 9552 2355 or Keith Muir of the Colong Foundation on (02) 9241 2702. {quoted from Environment NSW, winter 1997}

To assist with NPA's submission please contact Alan Catford or Noel Plumb at the NPA State Council Office.

Member Anthony Dunk has let us know that he has a page on the Colo River, including walking access sketches.


Edith is on holidays, while she is away this site is being maintained by Tom Fink.

(cartoon: apologies to Business Sydney 7/7/97)


Date: Thu, 15 May 1997 18:45:12 +1000
From:
Beth Michie
To: Edith

Macarthur Branch National Parks Association
"
FIRST BRANCH ON THE NET!"
That is the email address for all correspondence for Macarthur Branch.
http://bushwalking.org.au/npamac.html
We are still under construction, but you should see some good things
very soon.
Good to hear from you.
Beth
--
Plant trees everywhere you go. Towering, shade-giving, magnificent,
sheltering trees. None of this garbage like "I'd like a tall tree -
but it mustn't grow up above the gutter height - Oh, and the flowers
mustn't clash with the colour of the house" Spare me !@#$%&*@


See a few photographs of Coolah Tops taken the day after the May meeting of State Council.


Text navigation added to the home page on 14 May. We hope this helps those who found the page slow to load.


Glossy Black Cockatoo.

I would like to report a sighting of the Glossy Black Cockatoo. Four birds appeared in our area last Friday, 25/4/97 and have been feeding in the same Casuarina every day since. We live in Sunshine Beach, Qld. adjoining the Noosa National Park but the birds are in a partially built up area, feeding alongside housing construction. They are not at all shy and have allowed us to stand below them to observe them. If you would like any further information my details are:

Tel: 07 5449 2047. Fax: 07 5449 2284. Email: swifty@m140.aone.net.au

Sheryl Swift.


BEQUESTS: A gift to the National Parks Association in your will.

Gifts in wills are a convenient and really significant way to support our work in the long term - and, when we are talking about the fate of life on the planet, it really is long term.

We strongly recommend that you have your will prepared by a legally qualified person, to put your wishes in a correct legal form. We suggest the following wording (please select the appropriate choice):

"I give

..% of my estate
..% of the residue of my estate
the sum of $..
my real estate at ..

to the National Parks Association of NSW Inc to be utilised for the general purposes of the Association and the receipt of the President for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my Trustee/Executor"

Please telephone me if you want to know more; you can get me on (02) 9740 3508 at home - leave a message on the answering machine if I'm out and I can get back to you promptly. If you are reading this on the Internet then you you may wish to send me an E-mail.

Roewen Wishart
NPA Volunteer Bequests Contact

17 April 1997


Barrington: As a reminder to all that nature conservation and National Parks need your support we publish this message received from the four-wheel-drive mob.

Return-Path: editor@rfwdca.asn.au Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 14:05:29 +1000 From: Ron Mannix <editor@rfwdca.asn.au> Reply-To: editor@rfwdca.asn.au To: abarca@speednet.com.au CC: waded@acay.com.au Subject: Barrington Tops

I was just wondering if you considered the effect on the community when you approved the Wilderness declaration of Barrington Tops. Carters Brush Trail, a trail that has been in existence since the 1850's has now been closed off along a 3km stretch in the middle, effectively cutting the track off to all visitors. Also, I now that in the current gazettal of Barrington Tops, there are large infestations of Scotch Broom, which the CSIRO has stated is almost impossible to destroy as the seeds have the ability to remain dormant for up to 80 years. How do you plan to manage this? Why are the NSW and Australian Public being locked out of their heritage? What justification do you have for this? I would appreciate an answer. Email me at: ronm@acay.com.au

"THIS IS OUR LAND, WE WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SEE IT. YOU ARE DISCRIMINATING AGAINST THE GENERAL PUBLIC, THE DISABLED, THE YOUNG AND THE ELDERLY. HOW DO YOU FEEL?"

Not too bad at all, actually. We wonder why they see it as so important to take the "disabled, the young and the elderly" to see the Scotch Broom.


Turkey: a bit outside our parish, but it is interesting to see the spread of environmental good intent. May be of use to anyone intending to travel in those parts.

Return-Path: saral@ug.bcc.bilkent.edu.tr Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 13:25:30 +0300 (EET DST) From: Bulent Saraloglu <saral@ug.bcc.bilkent.edu.tr>Subject: please help

ABOUT: KACKAR MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT RIZE TURKEY

WE ARE PREPARING A PROJECT ABOUT KACKAR MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK THAT AIMING TO FORM:CONSSERVATION OF BOILOGICAL DIVERSITY AND ENDANGERED SPECIES, WIDENING THE PARK BORDERS,PROTECTING PARK FROM DESTRUCTIVE TOURISM MOVEMENTS, EFFECTIVE MANAGING AND CONTROLLING THE KACKAR MOUNTAINS NP DO NOT COVER THE WHOLE ECOSYSTEMS AND SOME SENSITIVE ECOSYSTEMS AND DO NOT PROTECT THE ENDEMIC PLANTS,MAMMALS AND MIGRATORY BIRDS THAT ARE ENDANGERED. THE PARK IS UNDER THE DENSE PRESSURE OF PEOPLE THERE IS NO EFFECTIVE PROTECTION AND INSPECTION BECAUSE THE RELATED INSTITUTION HAS NO ENOUGH STAFF AND BUDGET. PREVENTION OF HUNTING OF ENDANGERED SPECIES ARE NOT OBTAINED. BY THE OPPENING OF THE ROADS, THE WILD AREAS GETTING NARROWED AND NUMBER OF CONCRETE BUILDINGS (LOCAL ARCHITECTURE IS WOODEN) ARE INCREASING. THE PARK ALSO DECLARED AS TOURISM CENTER AS A TOURISM CENTER BY THE TOURISM MINISTRY, SO THERE IS A CONFLICT BETWEEN TOURISM, FORESTRY AND OTHER MINISTRIES. THERE IS A CONFLICT OF AUTHORITY. THERE IS NO COORDINATION AND CCOPERATION. INVENTORY STUDIES (FAUNA, FLORA, GEOLOGY, VEGETATAION, CULTURAL STRUCTURE...) ARE NOT DONE.MASTER PLANS ARE NOT READY. GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING THE WIDENING THE BORDERS AND MAKING PARKS CURRENT 51000 HA. AREA IN FIRST STEP TO 15000 HA. AND SECOND STEP TO 250000 HA.

FOR CORRECTING SOME PROBLEMS AND CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY WE DECIDED TO PREPARE A PROJECT. BUT WE HAVE SOURCE AND LITERATURE TROUBLE ABOUT BELOW SUBJECTS

-CONSERVATION OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY -PROTECTION OF FAUNA AND FLORA -MAKING INVENTORY STUDIES -WILDLIFE PROTECTION -ENDANGERED AND RARE SPECIES -OLD GROWTH FORESTS -LOCAL PEOPLE OF THE PARK AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION -MASTER PLANS -RECREATION -EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT AND INSPECTION -PARK RULES FOR VISITORS -VISITOR SERVICES -PREVENTION OF HUNTING -ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE OF PARKS -STAFF, THEIR JOBS AND THEIR WORKS IN THE PARK -TECHNICAL EQUIPMENTS -BUDGET AND TOURISM INCOMES

AND EVERYTHING THAT RELATTED ABOVE WE CAN SAY TAT THE SUCCESS OF THE PROJECTS IS DEPEND ON TOUR HELPS. WE BELIEVE THAT IF YOU HELP US UNTIL JUNE ABOUT THESE AND IF YOU SEND US SOME PROJECTS, DRAFTS, BOOKS, ARTICLES, INVESTIGATIONS,THESIS, ETC.. THE WINNER WILL BE KACKAR, NATURE AND WORLD WE HOPE YOU WILL HELP US. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

SOME INFORMATIONS ABOUT KACKAR: KACKAR MOUNTAINS ARE IN NORTH EASTERN ANATOLIA, IN BLACK SEA COAST. THE MOUNTAINS IS KNOWN THE TEMPERATE RAIN FORESTS. REGION HAS DECLARED ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT REGION OF THE WORLD BY WWF tHE PEAK (3937m) IS 35kmFAR FROM THE SEACOST. REGION IS A MOUNTAINOUS THAT CONTAINS VERY SENSITIVE AND RARE ECOSYSTEMS. LIKE OLD GROWTH FORESTS. KACKAR IS IN THE EURO-SIBERIAN COLCHIC FLORISTIC REGION. RATE OF ENDEMIZM IS 23%. 239 KIND OF ENDEMIC PLANTS ARE DETERMINED BUT IT IS ESTIMATED ABOUT 514. KACKAR IS ON THE ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST IMPORTANT PREDATORY BIRDS MIGRATION ROUTE. WORLD'S MOST RARE BIRDS AND MAMMALS ARE LIVING IN THAT REGION LIKE: neopron pernopterus, circus macrourus, buteo rafinus, aquilla clanga, aquilla helica, ficedula semitorquata, rupicapra rupicapra, lynx, felis selvetris, capra aegagrus, cerus elaphus, maliaetus albicilla, buteo buteo, gypeatus barbatus, lyrusus mlakosiewiczi, tetragallus caucasicus, bubo bubo, dendracopus minus....etc... CLIMATE IS TEMPERATE IN NORTH SIDE OF THE MOUNTAINS AND TERRESTRIAL IN SOUTH SIDE OF THE MOUNTAINS. ANNUAL AVERAGE PRECIPICATION IS 2300mm IN NORTH AND 1000mm IN SOUTH. ANNUAL AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE IS 20c IN NORTH AND PROPORTIONAL MOISTURE IS 77%. HUMAN POPULATION IS ~1000 IN WINTERS. IN SUMMERS PEOPLE GOES TO HIGH PLATEAUS FOR STOCKBREEDING THERE IS POSSIBILITY OFDOING ALL KIND OF MOUNTAIN AND NATURE SPORTS. THE RATE OF RECREATIONAL POTENTIAL AND RATE OF POSSIBILITY OF BEING A NATIONAL PARK IS 95% (ACCTO THE METHOD OF GULEZ,IUCN,1988)...

(Please avoid the use of ALL-CAPITAL-LETTERS in E-mail if you can.)


Test only

Competition: Does anyone read this stuff? The feather at left was picked up after a recent executive meeting at Dubbo on 6 April 1997. Any suggestions as to its previous owner? Please send in your ideas, the most original and the first correct answer will be acknowledged on this page. Note that it did not come from a Glossy Black-Cockatoo. Send in your answer.

Here's a clue:


From Colin Wood:


NPA State Council visits Lake Innes Nature Reserve after meeting at Port Macquarie in November 1996.

Checking the woodchips on stumps.(Photo: Tom Fink)


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