Our beautiful New England Tableland is not exempt from the effects of global warming. At Grasstrees, we make a conscious effort to reduce our carbon footprint wherever possible. But there is no denying that change is happening. Longer, hotter, drier summers are in evidence; and extreme weather events are becoming more frequent. In early November 2019, 90% of our property was subjected to bushfire and reduced to smouldering trees and ash.
Recovery is happening (slowly), but we are still waiting for the return of some plant and animal species. Possibly, they are gone for good from this part of the planet. This is a sad reality that we live with every-day, and it brings urgency to our regeneration and conservation efforts. If you treasure biodiversity as we do, we welcome your assistance during your Stay on Bolivia Hill to observe and monitor.
Over the past decade, we have documented and compiled lists of our local plant and animal species. We acknowledge the tireless work of Dr Ross McKenzie in identifying and cataloguing our native plants species; we thank him sincerely for his support and guidance; and we also acknowledge and thank the botanists of Queensland Herbarium. Many plant specimens have found their way from Bolivia Hill to Mt Cootha for identification. We acknowledge also the enormous contribution of Dr Todd Soderquist, Threatened Species Officer in the region, who has worked with us since 2014 on conserving plant species known to grow only on Bolivia Hill. We have had some successful outcomes, and extend our sincere thanks to Todd for his efforts and guidance.
During your Stay on Bolivia Hill, we invite you to assist us with continuing this work by documenting your observations. Armed with lists of our known local species, we welcome your input. The more we learn, the better we can all work together to mitigate the potential devastation of rising global temperatures.